By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes.
Liverpool face Manchester Utd at Anfield on Sunday afternoon – 2.05pm kick off UK time – with the Reds knowing a victory over Louis van Gaal’s side would move them level on points, while a thumping victory by five clear goals or more would see us leapfrog the Red Devils and keep us in contention for a top four finish. Both sides enter this fixture on the back of a 3-3 draw, with Manchester Utd drawing 3-3 at Newcastle Utd on Tuesday, while a Joe Allen goal in the last minute of normal time earned Liverpool a 3-3 draw with Arsenal a day later.
Both sides have struggled for consistency in the Premier League this season, with Utd having won just one of their last eight league games – a 2-1 home victory over Swansea – while Liverpool have picked up two wins from their last seven: 1-0 at home to Leicester and 1-0 at Sunderland.
Man Utd have won one of their last six away from home in the Premier League – a 2-1 win at Watford – with three draws (0-0 at Crystal Palace, 1-1 at Leicester and 3-3 at Newcastle) and two defeats against Bournemouth 1-2 and Stoke 0-2 making up the numbers. At Anfield Liverpool have won two (1-0 against both Swansea and Leicester), drawn three (1-1 with Southampton, 2-2 with West Brom and 3-3 with the Gunners) and lost one (1-2 against Crystal Palace) of their last six league games.
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