Their team may not have ended their long wait for a Premier League title last season but Liverpool supporters will nevertheless have enjoyed their side having the upper hand so emphatically over rivals Manchester United, who endured a miserable campaign.
However, the tables look set to turn again this term, with Brendan Rodgers’s men looking a touch unconvincing and Louis van Gaal presiding over something of a United revival as the pair prepare to lock horns at Old Trafford.
Indeed, Manchester United are now just 1/7 with Skybet to finish above their Merseyside foes and bookies believe they can enhance their chances in that department this weekend, BetVictor installing them as 17/20 favourites to get the better of the Reds, bet365’s 15/4 outsiders.
Ladbrokes rate a stalemate at 14/5 but aided by home advantage and coming into the clash on the back of five straight victories, the hosts are very difficult to oppose, especially after Liverpool’s midweek Champions League exertions.
Nevertheless, a close encounter appears inevitable in light of the fact that all but two of United’s eight victories have been by one goal and they’re 14/5 at Stan James to prevail by the same margin in this one.
Alternatively, bet365 mark 8/1 against van Gaal’s charges registering a third 2-1 triumph in four outings, it’s 19/5 (betway) for them to shade it following an even first period for the third successive game and Robin van Persie is 9/2 via William Hill to follow his brace at Southampton on Monday with the opener here.
Man Utd to beat Liverpool by one – 14/5 (Stan James)