One of English football's fiercest rivalries will be renewed once again, when Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Reds will be keen on maintaining their 100% start to the season, while the defending champions know a victory at Merseyside will be a massive boost in their attempt to retain the title.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 1.30pm BST, with Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky 3D and Sky Go providing live coverage in the UK. Watch highlights on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One/One HD at 10.25pm BST.
Liverpool defeated Stoke City and Aston Villa in their first two league matches, courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge. They can now go to the top of the table if they manage a win against their arch-rivals. Brendan Rodgers' men also beat League One side Notts County 4-2 in midweek to progress to the third round of the League Cup.
United, on the other hand, have picked up four points from their opening two games, hammering Swansea City 4-1 in the season opener and drawing 0-0 with Chelsea last week. David Moyes, who left Liverpool's cross-town rivals Everton and took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, will be keen to end his poor record at Anfield, having never won there with the Toffees.
Adding more drama to this fixture is the fact the date marks Liverpool's legendary manager Bill Shankly's birthday. Monday marks 100 years since the Scot's birth and the Anfield faithful will see a potential victory over United as the ideal birthday present for the man.
There are a couple of fresh injury concerns for both sides. United's Wayne Rooney was reportedly caught in the head by a studs-up challenge from captain Nemanja Vidic in training on Sunday and the forward now seems a major doubt. Meanwhile, Liverpool's Kolo Toure, who was expected to feature, is still struggling to shake off the groin injury he suffered against Notts and could miss out.
What Managers Say
Rodgers: "Liverpool [versus] Manchester United is a massive game. It's more than a football game. There's an intense rivalry there. I've experienced both games now as Liverpool manager, United and the Everton game. There's something a wee bit more intense in this rivalry."
Moyes: "I would love to have a better record at Anfield. At Everton we couldn't compete with Liverpool's budget, so it was a case of hanging on to their shirt tails. I go there this time with a different set of players - the champions of England."
- Last Five Games: (most recent first): W W W L W
- Last Match: Liverpool 4 - 2 Notts County
- Last Five Games: (most recent first): D W W L D
- Last Match: Manchester United 0 - 0 Chelsea
- Injured: Cissokho (ankle), Coates (knee)
- Doubtful: Toure (groin), Allen (hamstring)
- Suspended: Suarez
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard; Henderson, Aspas, Coutinho; Sturridge
- Injured: Chicharito, Rafael (both hamstring), Nani (groin), Evans (ankle), Fletcher (bowel)
- Doubtful: Jones (back), Rooney (head)
- Suspended: N/A
Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia, Rooney, Young; van Persie
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