Manchester United Vs. Liverpool, 2012 Premier League: Reds Not In Great League Form

Remember all of that talk about the sterling form that Liverpool was in? It was from about a week ago. They were supposedly playing incredibly and Luis Suarez was coming back. All you heard out of the red side of Stanley Park was how King Kenny's Reds were coming around. Apparently league form doesn't count when talking about "great form" though.

Liverpool beat and drew Manchester City in the two legs of their Carling Cup semifinal tie to book a trip to Wembley and beat Manchester United in the FA Cup in an 18 day span last month. Those are three very impressive results in a short period and nobody is taking anything away from their play in cups, but take a glance at their league form. The Reds have won just one of their last five and two of their last eight. That hardly sounds like a team playing spectacularly.

One could argue that the two wins in their last eight league matches stretches back to December 21, long before Liverpool hit their great form, but how does one explain a draw at home to Stoke and a 3-1 loss to Bolton right in the middle of their two matches against City? How about their draw at Anfield against a Tottenham team down a half-dozen players, Rafael van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon included? Tell me again about that great form.

Now Liverpool head into Saturday's highly anticipated Northwest Derby, urged on by supporters flying high on their fantastic form, only there is no fantastic form to speak of. It is really average form and horrendous league form, not that such form can stop Liverpool from getting a result at Old Trafford on Saturday, but they won't get a result because of any great form.

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