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    English football's most famous fixture - Manchester United vs Liverpool.

    There are certain occasions in the football calendar that are simply unmissable. Manchester United vs Liverpool is always right at the top of most people's list, for both pride for the supporters, and as a true footballing spectacle for the neutrals. The rivalry that is embodied with culture, music and most notably, football over the last century. The two most successful clubs in English football go head to head, and there couldn’t be more of a better time for them to meet.

    It’s one of those games, where if you score a dramatic winner, your name will be sang around the terraces for years to come… remember Diego Forlan? A man with 98 appearcenes, and 17 goals, but his name is sang around Old Trafford, only for that one time at Anfield in December 2002. There wont be a more pleasing and appropriate time for Man United fans to chant "20 times 20 times, Man United" But it's Liverpool who are currently bidding for the league title, and a win will keep up their hopes of number 19.

    Team news:
    Sadio Mane is off on international duty with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, while Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are back in training and could feature. Phillipe Coutinho is expected to make his first league appearance since November, as he came back in midweek in the EFL Cup game against Southampton.

    Eric Bailly is also away on international duty with his nation Ivory Coast. But there will be a tense wait for Man United fans, as their top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a late test, as he missed the EFL Cup game against Hull in midweek due to illness. In-form defender Marcos Rojo could also be back, he was subbed off in United’s victory against Reading in the FA Cup with a calf injury.

    Manchester United:
    Jose Mourinho has called for more noise from the United fans in his post-match press conference against Hull, however I don’t think he will need to ask twice for this match. Evertonian born and an enemy of Anfield, Wayne Rooney can become Manchester United’s all-time top goal scorer in dream fashion with a goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    The 20 times champions of England are the most inform team in the league, and Mourinho’s men have won their last nine games in all competitions. United sat in sixth, 10 points off the top four before this run, but still, after all 18 points from their last six games, they still sit in sixth. However, they are now within four points of the top four, and with a win over arch rivals Liverpool, all of a sudden they’ll be back in the title race, when 3 months ago, even top four looked like a mystery to the Old Trafford faithful. United will be just 2 points off Liverpool if they win, and many people have backed Liverpool to win the league, so it would be wrong to then not consider Man United as title contenders especially with Manchester United’s history and their current manager’s history. A win for Mourinho could blow the title race right open.
    Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against Liverpool 2012/13
    Source: GettyImages
    A win for the 18 times champions of England would set a club record of 47 points after 21 matches in the Premier League, but the Reds have kept just three clean sheets away from home this season. Klopp has lost just once in six matches against Mourinho sides. Liverpool can go back into second above Spurs and Arsenal with a win at Old Trafford, yet they’ll still be five points behind leaders Chelsea. Liverpool, unlike United, are in their worst form of their season so far. A draw away to strugglers Sunderland, and a 1-0 loss away at Southampton in the first leg of the EFL Cup Semi Final, Klopp’s men, will need a win to show they are the real deal this year. And the statistics don’t add up to well for Liverpool, as they’ve lost 11 of their last 14 visits to Old Trafford.
    Adam Lallana has 7 goals and 7 assists in the league this season, more than any other Englishman
    Source: Eurosport

    Both teams will be hoping Everton can beat Manchester City, in the other Merseyside vs Manchester clash. A win for City and a loss for Liverpool, will mean that Klopps men will drop into fifth, whereas if Liverpool win, they will go into second. Goal difference aside, Manchester United cannot surpass anyone on points if they win, but they'll close the gap on Liverpool, and be level on points with their noisy neigbours if Everton beat them.

    If Manchester United vs Liverpool wasn’t enticing enough, this time around, there is more than just pride at stake. A win for Liverpool and they’ll be eight points clear of United. A win for Manchester United, and their hopes of overtaking their arch rivals is well and truly on.

    Kick Off: 16:00

    Venue: Old Trafford

    Live on TV: Sky Sports

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