Liverpool v Manchester United latest news, odds and free bets

Although this isn’t strictly a derby game, matches between Liverpool and Manchester United are about as highly charged as they come in the Premier League, with the two most successful English clubs in history locking horns. Liverpool beat the Red Devils at Anfield last season by a 3-1 scoreline, something which strengthened Kenny Dalglish’s claim to the permanent manager’s position…

Although this isn’t strictly a derby game, matches between Liverpool and Manchester United are about as highly charged as they come in the Premier League, with the two most successful English clubs in history locking horns.

Liverpool beat the Red Devils at Anfield last season by a 3-1 scoreline, something which strengthened Kenny Dalglish’s claim to the permanent manager’s position, with the Scot looking for a repeat performance from his team this time around.

That victory in March featured Steven Gerrard in the middle of the park and it appears that the Reds skipper is set to make his first start of the season on Saturday, with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offering 2/1 that the Merseyside team win the game and move to within three points of their rivals.

Gerrard is a 12/1 chance with Ladbrokes to score the first goal and the Magic Sign are offering some great First Goalscorer odds on this Saturday lunchtime game, with Wayne Rooney a stand-out 6/1 and Luis Suarez on offer at 7/1.

The Uruguayan ran the United defence ragged last season and he might relish the fast-paced atmosphere of the match, having helped his team beat Everton in the recent derby.

Sir Alex Ferguson has seen his team produce some sloppy performances in recent weeks, most notably against Basel and Norwich where both visiting teams to Old Trafford could have won the match.

However, the bookmakers have United as favourites to win at Anfield on Saturday, with William Hill (£25 free betting) offering 29/20 that the champions collect a morale-boosting win which will keep them at the top of the table.

Rooney’s participation from the start might be in doubt considering his red card for England and the fierce reception he is likely to receive from the Kop, although players like Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are knocking on the door.

There might also be a chance for Michael Owen to score against his former club, something that would make quite a story, with Ashley Young and Nani likely to create plenty of chances.

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