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CaughtOffside predicted line-ups:
Liverpool may hand a start to Jonjo Shelvey after the midfielder scored a brace against Young Boys in the Europa league on Thursday night. Brendan Rodgers is expected to make eleven changes from the side that started in Switerzland, with Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and Luis Suarez amongst those recalled.
United could recall Rio Ferdinand after the veteran was rested for their Champions League win over Galatasaray. Patrice Evra should also keep his place after sitting out the league win over Wigan.
Subs from: Doni, Jones, José Enrique, Carragher, Coates, Henderson, Downing, Assaidi, Morgan, Robinson, Wisdom, Suso, Flanagan, Sahin
Doubtful: Cole (hamstring)
Injured: Lucas (thigh, Nov)
Form guide: DLDL
Disciplinary record: Y9 R1
Leading scorer: Suarez 2
Subs from: Lindegaard, Evans, Anderson, Giggs, Hernández, Welbeck, Henríquez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Powell, Macheda, Bébé
Doubtful: Fletcher (bowel)
Injured: Rooney (gash, 29 Sep), Smalling (metatarsal (7 Oct), Young (knee, 7 Oct), Jones (knee, Nov)
Form guide: WWWL
Disciplinary record: Y4 R0
Leading scorer: Van Persie 4
- The two clubs first met in April 1894, when Liverpool won 2-0 in a promotion/relegation play-off to replace their vanquished opponents in the top flight.
- The two most successful clubs in English league history have since met a further the 185 times, with United leading Liverpool by 72 wins to 62, with 51 draws.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five league and cup matches against Manchester United at Anfield (W4, D1).
- The 1-1 Premier League draw last October ended a run of three straight away defeats for United in this fixture, which they last won in December 2007 when Carlos Tevez scored the only goal.
- There have been four red cards in the last five Premier League meetings at Anfield – three for Manchester United, one for Liverpool.
- The Reds have only won one of their last seven home matches in the Premier League, and earned just 10 points out of the last possible 33 at Anfield (W2, D4, L5).
- Liverpool have failed to win any of their first four league matches in a season for the first time in 101 years. They were winless in their first five fixtures in the 1911-12 season, registering two draws and three defeats.
- Their longest run without victory from the start of a season is nine matches, set in 1894-95 – their inaugural top-flight campaign.
- Their tally of 20 points from 23 league matches in 2012 is the second worst in the top flight (Aston Villa had earned 19 points prior to this weekend).
- Liverpool had registered an unsurpassed 75 shots in the Premier League this season prior to this weekend’s fixtures.
- Luis Suarez has seven goals in his last 11 Premier League games. He has had 13 shots off target this season, more than any other Premier League player.
- Steven Gerrard has given away the ball more than any other Premier League player so far this season.
- United have been awarded a league-high 13 penalties since the start of last season.
- Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have suffered three 1-0 defeats in their last five league away matches dating back to April.
- However, they have won 17 of their 23 league matches in 2012, earning an unrivalled 53 points.
- The Red Devils have already recovered twice as many points from losing positions (six) than they did last season.
- Robin van Persie has scored four goals in his last five league matches against Liverpool.
- Nemanja Vidic has been sent off three times in this fixture – more than any other player in any Premier League fixture.
- Michael Carrick is set to make his 350th Premier League appearance.
Here at CaughtOffside we boldy predict a victory for Liverpool: 1-0 to the Reds, with Suarez to score!
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