Manchester United will face Liverpool this Sunday, although they will do it without two of their best players. Both David De Gea and Paul Pogba are nursing injuries and, right now, they wouldn’t be available to face The Reds at Old Trafford this weekend. Pogba has already been ruled out, while De Gea’s chances of featuring are quite slim as well.
There’s no question Manchester United would miss the 28-year-old Spain international if he were to miss Liverpool’s clash. De Gea has been one of United’s best players over the past few years. Therefore, having him out would decrease the team’s chances of getting something out of a tough fixture against The Reds. But the Old Trafford side has an excellent backup alternative in Sergio Romero.
Romero is no De Gea. However, the former Argentina international should do a good job between the posts if he’s called upon duty.
Sure, the 32-year-old isn’t the dominant shot-stopper he was earlier this decade, when he played a pivotal role on Argentina’s road towards the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. But if we analyse the back-up goalkeepers in the Premier League, then Romero should definitively rank as the best – or one of the top three for sure.
What traits might benefit Romero ahead of Sunday’s clash against Liverpool?
Romero has experience in big games, which is always a plus. He is also the kind of goalkeeper that plays best when he has a lot of work to do. Some keepers might prefer an easy outing, but Romero increases his level and his confidence every time he makes a save. And as painful as it is to say this, that’s what’s going to happen on Sunday against Liverpool.
The fans should obviously be worried about De Gea’s injury. After all, no team wants to lose their starting goalkeeper for an extended period of time. But at the same time, they need to be calm. Having Romero should represent an excellent guarantee if things get tough defensively.