Liverpool manager Rafa Benítez would have liked to bring Mascherano back into the starting line-up, but it is now likely that Albert Riera will retain his place.
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'It is similar to last season we are creating more or less the same situations but now we are scoring more goals because the accuracy is better," said Benítez, who believes his players are better for their title run-in with United last term.
"It is true we score a lot of goals. It's funny because people were talking before about us needing to score more goals because we were good in defence.
"Now they are saying we are scoring goals but conceding goals so we can never win.
"Maybe it is because we are more offensive but it is not because we are changing the system."