England’s two most successful clubs are set to battle it out in one of the nation’s biggest rivalries, but at least the pressure has been momentarily taken off Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after his side came from 2-0 down at home to beat Atalanta in midweek UEFA Champions League action.
Manchester United still have many improvements to make however if a title challenge is to materialise, having now gone winless in their last three Premier League outings (D1, L2).
Even the fortress that is Old Trafford is starting to show cracks, with the Red Devils only picking up eight points in their last seven home Premier League matches, and failing to keep a clean sheet in their last nine home league games (W4, D2, L3) – their longest such run since February 1971.
That includes a 4-2 loss to Liverpool in May which extended their run to just one win from their 10 previous Premier League matches against their fierce rivals (D6, L3).
Liverpool will be gunning for back-to-back league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since January 2002 with Jürgen Klopp’s men full of confidence having earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Spanish champions Atlético Madrid in midweek.
Liverpool are currently unbeaten in 18 league games (W13, D5), the best such streak in England’s top-four tiers, and have done so in style having netted 22 goals already this Premier League campaign.
The men from Merseyside have been in devastating form away from home having scored three or more goals in their last five Premier League road matches.
The Reds have lost just two of their last 21 Premier League away matches (W12, D7), a record that sees them travel to Old Trafford as favourites.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marcus Rashford is second only to Wayne Rooney for Premier League goals scored against Liverpool by a Manchester United player with four goals in eight appearances.
However, Mohamed Salah is looking to become the first Liverpool player to score in three successive away games against ManchesterUnited.
Liverpool have gone 25 Premier United matches without defeat against teams whose names end in “United” (W18, D7).