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Premier League

  • 6 March 2011
  • • 13:30
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 44753

Liverpool – Manchester United Preview: Reds aiming for a hat-trick of Anfield wins over league leaders

Liverpool – Manchester United Preview: Reds aiming for a hat-trick of Anfield wins over league leaders

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Liverpool (3-4-2-1): Reina; Carragher, Skrtel, Agger; Cole, Lucas, Meireles, Johnson; Kuyt, Gerrard; Suarez.

Manchester United (4-4-2): Van der Sar; O’Shea, Brown, Smalling, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs; Berbatov, Rooney.


  • Manchester United have not won at Anfield in the Premier League since December 2007 when Carlos Tevez scored the winner.
  • If Ryan Giggs features for United on Sunday he will be making a club record 607th league appearance for the Red Devils.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games and is just two goals short of a century of league goals for Manchester United.
  • Nemanja Vidic will miss the game through suspension but the Serbian has scored as many league goals as Steven Gerrard this season (four).
  • The Red Devils have won just four of their 14 Premier League away games this season and have lost two of their last three on their travels (at Chelsea and Wolves).
  • A win for Liverpool will make it three in a row at Anfield against United, having beaten their bitter rivals 2-0 last season and 2-1 in 2008.
  • Following the departure of Fernando Torres, Raul Meireles is now Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League with five goals, all coming since the departure of Roy Hodgson, the man who brought him to the club from Porto.
  • Kenny Dalglish will be taking on Sir Alex Ferguson for the 21st time as manager. The Liverpool boss has managed just four wins against his countryman so far.
  • Only Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have won more games at home in the league this season than Liverpool.
  • Both Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel have played in every single Premier League game for the Reds this season, the only two ever-presents for the Reds.


January 9, 2011: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

The two clubs met in the third of the FA Cup at Old Trafford with United emerging victorious courtesy of a second minute Ryan Giggs penalty after Dimitar Berbatov had been fouled.

Any hopes of a Liverpool fightback were effectively extinguished on the half hour mark as captain Steven Gerrard was sent off for a foul on Michael Carrick as the Red Devils ruined Kenny Dalglish's return as Reds boss.

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Players to watch

Raul Meireles

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Forget Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, Raul Meireles has been Liverpool's goal machine since the turn of the year and will hope to continue his form in front of goal against Manchester United.

The midfielder has notched five goals since the turn of the year and facing a United side, shorn of their first choice centre-back pairing, will fancy his chances of adding to that tally at Anfield.

C. Smalling

Position: Defender

Games: 7

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Chris Smalling has looked calm and composed during his brief Manchester United career so far but whether he can maintain that stance in the cauldron of Anfield without either Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand by his side remains to be seen.

His partnership with Wes Brown could prove pivotal to this game, particularly if Andy Carroll should make his debut, but what is certain is that the youngster looks set to face his sternest test yet.

Editor's Prediction

After defeat at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United will feel this is a must-win game as the title race hots up. Yet Liverpool would love nothing better than to interrupt their quest for a 19th title, that would see them overtake the Reds’ record.

To do so they will need to do better than against West Ham United last weekend, but against a United side depleted at the back and vulnerable away from home, will expect at least a point.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Manchester United FC MUN
Manchester United FC Manchester United

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
5 - 0
Manchester United FC MUN
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Manchester United FC MUN
Liverpool FC LIV
1 - 2
Manchester United FC MUN