Liverpool sit second behind Manchester City on goal difference, but still hold their title fate in their hands by virtue of having a game in hand over the champions.
However, with Man City facing Chelsea in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday,
Liverpool’s game in hand also falls on the same day – and Jurgen Klopp’s side face a daunting trip to Old Trafford.
While United trail Liverpool by 14 points in the table, the standings do not tell the whole story.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won eight of his first nine League games as interim manager to make the Red Devils the top flight’s in-form side, while Liverpool are still to find their top form in 2019.
Win at Old Trafford, and Liverpool would go three points clear with a huge confidence boost for the run-in. Lose,
and it could well be a result Klopp and his men look back on as the turning point in the title race.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will do everything they can to get a result at Manchester United this weekend.
The Merseysiders travel to United sitting second in the Premier League,
but with Sunday afternoon’s clash being their game in hand on leaders Manchester City, the Reds will go back to the top of the table if they avoid defeat at Old Trafford.
Team News of Manchester United vs Liverpool
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been handed a major boost with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard pushing to return from injury.
The pair were expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks after breaking down in the Champions League defeat to PSG earlier this month.
But both have responded well to treatment,
with Martial expected to be fit enough to start against Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers after recovering from a groin strain.
Lingard is also fighting to be involved following a hamstring strain.
David De Gea will almost certainly return in goal despite Sergio Romero’s assured performance at Stamford Bridge.
Solskjaer’s only other absentees are Marcos Rojo (match fitness), Antonio Valencia (knock) and Matteo Darmian (muscular).
Dejan Lovren will miss out again for Liverpool.
The Croatian has failed to recover from the hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since the FA Cup defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in January.
However, Klopp’s defensive options will receive a significant boost with Virgil van Dijk set to return from the one-match European suspension he served against Bayern Munich.
That leaves long-term absentees Joe Gomez (leg), Rhian Brewster (knee) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) as the only other players to miss out.
Klopp has used midfielders James Milner and Fabinho to plug gaps in his backline during a recent injury crisis.
But with a fully fit back four now available, the German faces something of a rare selection headache in the centre of the park.
Milner and Fabinho must now compete with Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and the improving Naby Keita to earn a start at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Ander Herrera, Matic, Mata, Pogba, Martial, Rashford
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Score prediction: Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99.
Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
You can also follow all the action with Standard NewGersy’s LIVE blog from Old Trafford.
Man Utd and Liverpool have enjoyed a fierce north-west rivalry since 1894, when Liverpool beat Newton Heath – the original Manchester United – 2-0 in a Football League test match.
The teams have faced off 201 times in all competitions – United winning 68, Liverpool 56, and 46 draws – with Ryan Giggs making the most appearances (48).
The two sides have met 53 times in the Premier League, with United winning 28 times, Liverpool 14, and the teams sharing 11 draws.