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Carragher: Liverpool fullbacks the key to unlock Man Utd

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp's fullbacks hold the key to unlocking Manchester United.

The Reds travel to Old Trafford on Saturday for a contest that pits second against third.

And Carragher believes Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold can prove pivotal to their team's success against the typically negative United.

"You expect Mourinho will have a plan, as he did against Chelsea last week with Eden Hazard," Carragher told MNF Extra.

"So if the front three are nullified, where can Liverpool hurt them? I want to look at the role of the full-backs.

"There's definitely been a change at full-back. Not just in terms of the players there, with Robertson on the left side instead of Moreno, and Alexander-Arnold instead of Gomez on the right. But also the positions they're taking up - there's definitely been a change with Liverpool's full-backs.

"They're not as high and as wide as they were. And they're not going too early now.

"Before, you might see Alexander-Arnold on the touchline, even before the ball goes to Jordan Henderson. But there has definitely been a change and I think it has helped them defensively. Now they're coming onto the ball and arriving in that position, not waiting for the ball out there.

"That's what I like to see - taking the ball on the run, not standing there in wing positions. It's better defensively, too.

"There was also the criticism that Liverpool were being left two v two, when both full-backs went forward - but now one is going, one is staying. It looks a lot more secure for Liverpool."

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