Sunday afternoon’s televised fixture sees Manchester United travel to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s table-topping Liverpool and it promises to be a tantalising clash on Merseyside.
United are the only side who have managed to put a blot on Liverpool’s Premier League campaign this season, earning themselves a draw at Old Trafford and denying Klopp and Co all three points.
Though that game wasn’t all that memorable for many, this fixture has played out some crackers in recent years and it seems only right to look back at five of the best as we countdown to kick off.
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The emergence of the Gerrard thunderbolt – Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United – March 31, 2001
Though a Liverpool regular at the time, Steven Gerrard’s famed right-footed thunderbolt hadn’t been unleashed all that often on the big stage. That was until Manchester United came to town.
Following a poor clearance from Fabien Barthez, Robbie Fowler played the ball into Gerrard’s pass and with the commentator quipping: “he’s not shy from shooting from long range” he duly obliged.
Gerrard’s goal was the cherry on the top of a brilliant performance by the club legend and it helped the home side earn all three points as they got the better of their rivals by two goals.
You’re not laughing anymore – Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United – December 1, 2002
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan won’t look back on life in the Premier League with too many fond memories, but he will remember his trip to Anfield in early December 2002.
Ridiculed by many at that time, the Uruguayan managed to net twice in two minutes, First, capitalising on a mistake by goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek and before confidently striking a second.
Defender Sami Hyypia cut the deficit before Dietmar Hamann forced Barthez into a smart acrobatic save, but it wasn’t to be as United inflicted Liverpool’s first home defeat in almost a year.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Berbatov – Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool – September 19, 2010
Gerrard netted twice in this Old Trafford contest. However, both efforts proved to be mere consolations thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Bulgarian baller Dimitar Berbatov.
One of them was a very special overhead kick past Pepe Reina, with the striker, who also played for Tottenham, controlling the ball on his thigh and burying it in the back of the net in one motion.
The tenure of Roy Hodgson at Liverpool was a very forgettable one for the supporters but they won’t forget Berbatov’s hat-trick in a hurry, regardless of how hard they try to do so.
David Moyes, football genius – Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool – March 16, 2014
“David Moyes, football genius,” read one of the banners in the away end when Liverpool came to visit Old Trafford back in March 2014 and it didn’t take long for their tongue-in-cheek joke to land.
Just 34 minutes to be precise, with Steven Gerrard nothing the first of his brace before Luis Suarez secured all three points with a late goal. To add insult to injury, Nemanja Vidic saw red too.
A 3-0 win away in Manchester made particularly sweet thanks to Moyes’ spell at rivals Everton.
£5,000 well spent? Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool – January 22, 2006
If you could blow £5,000, what would you spend the cash on? A box at your favourite football club? A holiday to the Maldives? A second-hand car? A new conservatory? 20,000 Freddo bars?
Well Manchester United defender Gary Neville splashed £5,000 worth of cash by kissing and holding up his side’s badge in front of the Liverpool fans following a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
Rio Ferdinand, one of the best defender’s the Premier League has seen, scored the only goal of the game but the clash will always be remembered for Neville’s overzealous celebrations.
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