Owen: Liverpool have steel of Ferguson's Man Utd

4 Nov 2019

Striker who played for both clubs has noticed a familiar fighting spirit in Jurgen Klopp's league leaders ahead of their duel with Man City

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If Liverpool go on to lift the Premier League trophy in May, they may well look back on Saturday's late turnaround against Aston Villa as a key moment.

They would not be the first team to do so.

As Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane both scored after the 86th minute to snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat, there were echoes of Manchester United's similarly dramatic triumph over the same side in April 2009.

Sir Alex Ferguson's team trailed 2-1 against Villa late on, but Cristiano Ronaldo equalised in the 80th minute and Federico Macheda hit a stoppage-time winner.

United went on to lift the Premier League trophy, finishing four points ahead of Liverpool.

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The parallels are not lost on Michael Owen, who played for both Liverpool and Man Utd and has spotted a familiar mental steel in Jurgen Klopp's leaders ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table duel with Manchester City.

'Liverpool never say die'  

"It's almost similar to Manchester United in Peter [Schmeichel]'s day," says Owen, sitting alongside the Danish goalkeeper.

"Liverpool never say die. You always fancy them. I think Don Hutchison said in commentary that as soon as Liverpool score one, you fancy them to go on to win the game, and he was dead right.

"It was a frustrating game for them. It's been frustrating in a lot of games this season.

"But somehow Liverpool have just managed to grind away, keep getting the points, because they haven't been at their absolute top-class best in many games this season. But I suppose they're going to need to next weekend."

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