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Liverpool about to face a vital game against United

Liverpool FC may be out of contention for the Premiership trophy but coach Rafael Benitez's side could still have a major say in the outcome of the title battle on what could be a decisive Easter weekend.

In fact, having watched his men hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks, Benitez will travel to Old Trafford on Sunday confident they can finally claim the league victory over Manchester United that has eluded the Reds in seven previous attempts since their Spanish boss' arrival at Anfield in 2004.

And with Chelsea facing Arsenal on the same day, such an outcome could have major repercussions for United, who start the weekend as favourites to retain the title after opening up a three-point advantage over the Gunners and five away from Chelsea.

The Anfield team have put together a run of seven straight wins, largely thanks to the sharper cutting edge they have displayed since Steven Gerrard was switched to an attacking role on the heels of forward star Fernando Torres.

It's important to say taht Torres has plundered 27 goals already this season while Gerrard needs one more to hit the 20 mark for only the second time in his career.

"The understanding between our players is always important, especially players up front," Benitez admitted. "The partnership between Torres and captain Gerrard has made a massive difference, it is difficult for teams to stop them both. We are profiting from this."

Benitez' side have also looked more solid defensively of late with Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso both operating as holding players in midfield, but any defensive system is bound to be strained under the pressure generated by a United attack spearheaded by the apparently unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo. However, everyone in Liverpool feel ready for the challenge.

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