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Liverpool can grab an early initiative at Old Trafford

 

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Ask many Liverpool or Man United fans and this fixture is bigger than their respective local derbies against Everton and Manchester City. The fact that the two sides have collected more trophies between them than any other domestic sides and the reason for the rivalry is not hard to fathom. The 48 miles that seperate the sides is nothing these days - and the Reds of Anfield will be keen to show their neighbours they are still a force.

The league table doesn't suggest that to be the case though and Liverpool's in and out season leaves them 21 points behind their rivals who lead the Premier League on 52 points. Liverpool have won six out of their last ten but defeats to the likes of Aston Villa at home show that they are still some way off the finished article.

Boss Brendan Rodgers has already brought in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and is hunting down three or four additions for January. Sir Alex Ferguson in contrast has been pretty quiet so far - he can afford to be having made the signing of the season in Robin Van Persie - arguably only Swansea's Muchu was a better buy this season (he only cost £2 million) - and he has the best bench in the league.

Historically Liverpool have done well at Old Trafford but not in recent seasons - they have lost four of the last five, thier last win was four years ago when they triumphed 4-1 and United have already won 2-1 at Anfield this term.

But one man sure to be fired up for the game is Luis Suarez given the stick he has had mainly from Ferguson this week who said he believes Liverpool  Suarez is "laden with controversy".  A point he repeated several times in this week's pre-match press conference.

Sir Alex is a master at deflecting attention onto the oppostion in a negative way and the jibes at Suarez did just that.

But as football tipping expert, Joe Ross, from footyinsider.­co.­uk says: 'Rodgers(Brendan) is under pressure and needs a positive start to the game and Suarez will be fired up after Sir Alex Ferguson's criticism of him this week. I can see Liverpool scoring first through the Uraguayan but United winning the game. Along with Everton, United are the come back kids in the Premier League and have obtained more points from losing positions than any side other then the Toffees.'

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