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Posted by Mike Dodgson on Friday, January 27, 2012
Just over 1 year ago, Kenny Dalglish returned as Liverpool manager to take charge of an FA Cup tie against Manchester United at
. His side lost 1-0 to a Ryan Giggs penalty and had to go 3 quarters of the match with 10 men after Steven Gerrard was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Michael Carrick.13 months on and the same competition deals the reverse fixture, this time at Anfield.
There are some fierce rivalries in the English Premier League, Sunderland v Newcastle, Arsenal v Tottenham to name a couple, but this fixture has to be the most ferocious. Put simply, this game is made up of pure hatred, it is no doubt nerve racking for the home and away fans but it’s what the neutral football supporter lives for, and any true sports fan will definitely be doing their damndest not to miss this one.
For such a big game, this fixture has cropped up several times in the FA Cup throughout recent years. Saturday’s match will be the 7th time the sides have met in this competition since 1980 with United coming out on top on 4 occasions (one of those being the infamous ‘cream suit’ cup final in 1996, when the team from Manchester came through a dull encounter at Wembley). The most recent tie prior to Daglish’s return spoke about earlier was in 2006 when the Merseyside reds came out on top through a Peter Crouch headed goal. Before that you have to go back to 1999 when the United scored 2 late goals in a thrilling game at Old Trafford which some people say kicked off their quest for the 3 trophy’s they won that year.
As for the 2012 edition, if ever any game needed an extra kick, it certainly isn’t this one, however, the return of Patrice Evra to the Anfield caldron after the racial allegations against Luis Suarez will serve to add an extra bit of spice to this already flaming hot dish, and quite honestly there’s nowhere else I’d rather be on a Saturday morning!
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