The FourFourTwo Preview: Liverpool vs Man United
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
- Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool (PL, Jan 13)
- Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd (PL, Sep 12)
- Man United 2-1 Man Utd (PL, Feb 12)
- Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd (FA Cup, Jan 12)
- Liverpool 1-1 Man Utd (PL, Oct 11)
Martin Skrtel (knee) should be fit enough to replace Toure, but if the Slovakian doesn’t make it, 20-year-old Andre Wisdom will have Van Persie to contend with. New signing Aly Cissokho picked up an ankle injury in the midweek win over Notts County, as did midfielder Joe Allen (hamstring).
Key battle: Nemanja Vidic v Daniel Sturridge
The first Sir Alex Ferguson-less M62 derby since the Scot’s 26-year Old Trafford odyssey definitively knocked “Liverpool off their f***ing perch”, this old-school clash has something of the new about it. David Moyes never won at Anfield in 12 attempts as Everton boss, while Rodgers is yet to beat his opposite number in four meetings. It promises to be an intriguing dugout duel.
Facts and figures
Liverpool have won four successive Premier League games - they last won five in a row back in May 2009.
Manchester United have been given eight red cards versus Liverpool in the Premier League; more than against any other team.
Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.
Liverpool last started a Premier League season with three consecutive wins in 1994/95 when Roy Evans was in charge.
Last season's 2-1 win was the first time in five seasons that Manchester United won at Anfield in the Premier League (D1 L3).
Steven Gerrard has scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Manchester United; including a goal in each of the last two encounters at Anfield.
Manchester United have not lost any of their last 13 Premier League away games - the longest current run in the competition.
David Moyes masterminded just three wins in 22 Premier League clashes with Liverpool when he was Everton manager (D7 L12). None of those wins came at Anfield (D6 L5).
If Manchester United win this match, it will equal David Moyes’ best start to a Premier League season (2006/07; seven points from three games).
Only fixtures between Everton and Liverpool (20) have seen more red cards handed out than the Premier League clashes between Manchester United and Liverpool (14).
Robin van Persie has scored four times in his last three Premier League appearances against Liverpool (twice for Arsenal and twice in two games for Manchester United).