They say a 2-0 lead at half-time is a difficult score to defend.
Do you attack, looking for the third killer goal? Or do you defend and hope to see out the match?
That’s the scenario Liverpool are facing as they lead Manchester United by that scoreline at the halfway stage of their Europa League last-16 tie.
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The Reds beat United 2-0 at Anfield last week thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino and will travel to Old Trafford attempting to see off the job.
But, how should they approach the return-leg?
There’s one man who knows exactly what they should do: Robbie Fowler.
“You have to play your normal game. You have to go there looking to win the game on the night. You have to treat it the way you would treat a league game at Old Trafford,” club legend Fowler told the Liverpool Echo.
“Liverpool are in a great position but I don’t think it’s over yet.
“If someone had said before the tie that we would have a 2-0 lead to take to Old Trafford then we all would have taken it.”
Liverpool dominated the match at Anfield last week and United goalkeeper David de Gea made some brilliant saves to keep the score down.
But playmaker Philippe Coutinho was guilty of missing a sitter in the first-half which would have given Jurgen Klopp’s side a two-nil lead going into half-time.
Fowler hopes that his former side don’t live to regret those missed opportunities.
“The disappointing thing about the first leg was that we didn’t score more goals. The tie really should have been put to bed. There were some great saves from their keeper but also some bad misses from our players.
“The massive danger is that you go into the second leg with the mental attitude that ‘we’re 2-0 up, we just need to keep what we’ve got’. But it doesn’t always work like that.
“There could be a mistake or a set-piece that enables United to pull one back and then the tie is very different.
Fowler scored 183 goals in 369 appearances during two spells at Anfield and managed six goals against Manchester United.
You may wonder what the former striker knows about managing and tactics.
Well, the 40-year-old is currently working towards his Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification available as he look to start a career in management.
I’ve got the other coaching badges and now I’m doing the Pro Licence which is the highest one you can do,” he said.
“I started it in January and it will take around a year. By next June I should have completed it.
“Everyone knows I want to be a manager. It’s what I have always longed for and I am almost there now.
"Doing the Pro License shows how serious I am about it. I love football. I always have done."
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