Forget the other modern-day clubs with big money owners, Liverpool vs Manchester United will always be the biggest game in English football.
These are the two biggest, most successful and most iconic clubs in this country, so it’s safe to say that there is always a lot riding on games between the North West rivals.
Man Utd have started the season well, dispatching sides that you would expect them to dispatch. They’ve not faced a top side yet this season though, but are about to do so on Saturday when they travel to Anfield.
This is when we will see if they truly do have the credentials to be serious title contenders and it’s our job to halt their momentum and build some confidence of our own after a shocking September.
Liverpool need to start quickly in this game. We all know how Jose Mourinho likes to nullify the opposition in the big games, so the onus is on us to find a way of applying pressure and getting our noses in front.
It’s important that the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all show up and perform to a level we know they can and if they do, they should have too much attacking prowess for Man Utd to contain.
The news of Sadio Mane being out injured is a major blow, but we can’t dwell on it. It does give Jurgen Klopp a team selection dilemma though, does he use the rigid midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum or give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a go in the middle?
We all know what our Achilles heel is though, defensively we are really poor, both in terms of personnel and systematically so we often need to score two or three to win a game.
Man Utd possess players who can hurt us with Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and the playmaker abilities of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata, but we have to let them worry about us rather than the other way around.
We have to stamp our authority on the game and it’s important that the crowd plays a part in that as well to make the atmosphere at Anfield like a cauldron.
Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd
(Salah, Firmino / Mkhitaryan)