Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will bring back his big guns when Manchester United arrive at Anfield on Sunday.
Rodgers left the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger behind for Thursday’s trip to Switzerland to take on Young Boys in the Europa League.
He was left impressed by the way his young team performed coming away with a 5-3 victory, and Jonjo Shelvey is in contention to start after the 20-year-old emerged from the bench to score the two decisive goals on Thursday.
Manchester United arrive at Anfield on the back of four straight victories in all competitions, and are set to recall Robin Van Persie and Patrice Evra to the starting line up.
Whilst Liverpool are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season, United have not won at Anfield since 2007, losing four or their last five.
The animosity between the two sides that has been a feature in the last year since the Suarez, Evra row will be put aside, with it being Liverpool’s first home game since the Hillsborough enquiry came to light.
Key Battle: Steven Gerrard v Michael Carrick
Steven Gerrard has yet to really find his form so far this season, playing at the tip of a midfield three just behind Luis Suarez. It will be up to Michael Carrick – set to make his 350th Premier League appearence – to halt the threat of the Liverpool captain. You feel Gerrard is due a big game, and there is no bigger occasion than this. It is so often the case that if Gerrard plays well, Liverpool do. You can see him being the key to Brendan Rodgers hopes of recording a first Premier League win as Liverpool manager.
Prediction : Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – I feel that Liverpool are due a touch of fortune, and with an emotional crowd behind them, may just be spurned on to victory. It is often the case that the Reds perform best when they have been under fire.
United have looked somewhat shaky at the back this season, and no doubt Luis Suarez will be in the mood to shine. It will be tight, but I fancy home advantage to tilt it in Liverpool’s favour as it has done so often in this fixture during the past five years.