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Kenny Dalglish expecting Jose Mourinho to 'park the bus'

Dalglish expects Mourinho to 'park the bus'
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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish believes that Manchester United will go into Saturday's match at Anfield with a defensive mindset, despite their free-scoring form so far.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has expressed his belief that Manchester United will go into Saturday's crunch match at Anfield with a defensive mindset.

Jose Mourinho's side have begun the season in fine form having dropped just two points from their opening seven games, scoring 21 goals in the process at an average of three per game.

United did not reach the 21-goal mark until matchday 16 last season, but Mourinho has a history of shutting up shop in away matches against direct rivals, and Dalglish does not believe that this weekend's trip to Merseyside will be any different.

"Three years ago, Jose brought Chelsea up to do a job and they did it really well, so for me there's no blame apportioned to him because Liverpool missed out on the title. He was very professional, utterly clinical, and you cannot criticise him for that," Dalglish told The Mirror.

"He came back to Anfield with Manchester United last year with a similar philosophy, but there are no rules which say you can't play defensively and they almost snatched it at the end when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had that chance. And when he comes back for this game, I'm sure he will be cautious again because this is United's first game against one of the so-called top six.

"With respect to other Premier League teams, these are the games that might decide who lifts the trophy in May. Mourinho has a knack of knowing how to win games, and if he thinks his best chance is to shut up shop, he's entitled to do that – but for us, Jurgen Klopp will be the complete opposite. He's not interested in a draw, he only wants a victory.

"That suits everyone at Liverpool - players, fans, himself – because that's why he was asked to take on the job in the first place. I'm sure the fans are more than happy with what he's done and they will want him to continue with the same attacking intent."

Liverpool currently trail United by seven points in the Premier League table.


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