The Reds dominated Monday’s goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur without troubling Brad Friedel on too many occasions, although they have looked sharper away from home, which is probably down to the fact that they are better at exploiting teams when opponents defend higher up the pitch.
Manchester United will certainly be pushing forward from the kick-off of this north-west derby, with the spotlight on Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra. Will the pair shake hands before the match gets under way or will Kenny Dalglish opt to leave the Uruguayan on the bench as he did on Monday?
Either way, the Red Devils are odds-on favourites to claim victory and keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the league, with odds of 9/10 (Bet Victor £50 free bets) available about Sir Alex Ferguson’s team who demonstrated amazing character to come from three goals down at Stamford Bridge to draw 3-3.
Even so, the United defence was once again exposed by Chelsea and Liverpool will be hoping to repeat their recent 2-1 victory over their arch-rivals in the FA Cup which saw Dirk Kuyt score a late winner to book the Reds’ place in the fifth round.
Dalglish’s team have been the cup kings this season but the real goal must surely be to secure a place in next season’s Champions League and the visitors will be highly motivated to land the spoils at Old Trafford just as they have done at Arsenal and Chelsea already this term.
The fact that Liverpool have also won at Manchester City this season suggests that odds of 7/2 (Stan James bookmaker) are pretty big and that man Suarez would like nothing better than to mark his comeback with the winning goal. Odds of 7/1 (bet365 free bets) are on offer that the much-maligned striker breaks the deadlock and sends the visiting supporters into a frenzy.
Wayne Rooney will be heavily backed at odds of 4/1 to score first and he despatched two penalties with aplomb at Stamford Bridge, with both teams likely to be very careful when it comes to challenging for the ball in their own penalty area!