Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville analyse Liverpool vs. Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool argue on the touchline the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England.
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Liverpool visit Old Trafford this weekend in a bid to leapfrog Manchester United and Sky Sports punditry duo Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have had a look at the fixture and what to expect.

For all the game is actually worth on paper, with a higher league finish on offer, the chance to get one over an immortal rival is perhaps the more tantalising prospect on hand here.

On Tuesday, Liverpool confirmed safe passage to the Champions League quarterfinals and the last time they did so in 2008/09, the following game at the weekend saw them record a famous 4-1 win over United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Merseyside supporters will be hoping that history repeats itself as there is more than enough quality in this Liverpool side to hurt Manchester United in a big way.

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As you would expect though, as an ex-Manchester United player, Gary Neville is still hypercritical of Liverpool and is not giving the Reds an edge this weekend.

Neville told Sky Sports: “I always fancy United at home. With Liverpool, you have to get through that first half an hour, especially at Anfield, where they are a completely different proposition.

“I’ve always thought that for Liverpool away from home they struggled with the size of the pitch, despite them not being hugely different on paper.

“It’s a lot harder for United to play at Anfield and a lot harder for Liverpool to play at Old Trafford, so I fancy United to win.

“Jose Mourinho has two big games in four days that will define the rest of the season – against Liverpool and Sevilla. How strong he goes in both remains to be seen.”

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Jurgen Klopp isn’t one to chop and change his team too much based on the opposition and as Carra points out, this weekend should be no different.

The former Liverpool defender said: “Not many teams win at Old Trafford against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Manchester City are the only team over the last couple of years. It’s going to be a really tough game but Liverpool are confident.

“I don’t think we’ll see what Chelsea did at Manchester City, Liverpool will not change because they are away from home.

“Mourinho will have some sort of plan to nullify Liverpool and hurt them where he can, so it should be a good game.”

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With United the team needing to prove something after a few weeks of poor form and unconvincing results, Neville looks back at Mourinho’s first derby against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

“If I remember rightly, in Jose’s first season it was a really bad game at Anfield on a Monday night,” he said. “He went into the game with injuries and on the back of some bad results. There was a feeling that he couldn’t lose the game otherwise things would start to go wrong quickly, like it had done for David Moyes for example, so it was a really dour game.

“The game this year at Anfield, I’ve said it before, a Manchester United v Liverpool game can be a draw, there can be few shots on target because both teams are tactically aware of each other and they are focused and concentrating to win.”

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A win would see Liverpool leapfrog United while a loss would see their rivals go five points ahead in second place with eight games to play.

Jurgen Klopp will have his players pumped and ready to play in what will be a heated atmosphere at Old Trafford but given the form of the players available, I am confident a win can be secured.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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