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Since years now, it has been rare to find Liverpool occupy a position higher than Manchester United’s on the league table. As of now, though, the Merseyside Reds boast a perfect record. Only Tottenham Hotspur share this achievement in the 2013/14 English Premier League season.
Liverpool have played a game less than the Red Devils and could do two things on Sunday: open up a five-point gap against their rivals and rocket to the top of the EPL standings above currently leaders Chelsea.
Even in the absence of goal poacher Luis Suarez who is still under suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season, Brendan Rodgers’ team has exhibited its great fighting spirit. With Mignolet’s sharpness in post and Daniel Sturridge’s liveliness in attack, the home crowd will be hopeful of witnessing a great spectacle against Man United.
Last Monday, David Moyes took many positives from Manchester United’s goalless draw at home to Chelsea. Most importantly, wantaway striker Wayne Rooney displayed an energetic performance and somehow rekindled his desire to remain at Old Trafford. The only thing the Red Devils fell short of was a goal. Will they be able break Liverpool's lines without Rooney who cannot play due to injury?
At such an early stage in the season, failing to score for a second consecutive game could spark talks of a goal drought in the media and thus distract the players. This is something Moyes would be keen of avoiding by showcasing Manchester United’s attacking flair this Sunday with Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck missioned to score.
In both sides’ last four clashes at Anfield, the visitors have recorded only one win. That was in September last year. Before that, Man United had lost twice away to Liverpool in the Premier League in 2011 and once in the FA Cup in January 2012. Very small details – if not controversy – might decide Sunday’s encounter.
Watch Liverpool vs Manchester United live on Sunday, September 1, 2013:
This huge English Premier League matchup will evidently be covered with live scores on the Liverpool-United match page (where you can also find worldwide live stream and TV channels info) and LiveSoccerTV’s homepage.