When and where: The Barclays Premier League match kicks-off from Anfield at 8.30 a.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by the Fox Soccer Channel, with a delayed online stream available later in the day on FoxSoccer2Go. A live stream will be available to viewers in the U.K. via the Sky Player.
Preview: Every meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United is an emotionally charged affair, but Sunday’s encounter will be surrounded by particular sentiment. Liverpool will be playing their first home game since the findings of an independent panel revealed the shocking incompetencies and subsequent cover up by officials charged with fans safety at Hillsborough in an FA Cup semifinal in 1989 where 96 Liverpool fans lost their life.
There is expected to be a tribute from both sides before kick-off and Liverpool fans can be expected to get passionately behind their players when the match gets underway. In recent years, United have struggled against their biggest rivals at Anfield and are without a victory there in nearly five years.
This is very much a new Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, however. In terms of results, the Reds have endured a disappointing beginning under the former Swansea boss, with just two points from four Premier League matches.
The performances have not been as bad as that meager point tally would suggest, however. Rodgers is slowly implementing his short passing game centered around new signing Joe Allen, but in several games the side has been undone by their lack of firepower up front.
The failure to sign at least one striker in the closing days of the transfer window is threatening to become a constant source of frustration for everyone connected with Liverpool this season.
Goal-scoring has not been a problem for Manchester United so far this season, with the team having scored 10 goals in their last three Premier League matches. Having recovered from an opening game loss to Everton, United have recovered with four straight victories in all competitions but there is still a sense that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are not firing on all cylinders.
There remains problems in the goalkeeping position as Ferguson goes back and forth between David De Gea and Anders Linegaard, while the defense in front of him, afflicted by injuries, has not been convincing behind a midfield lacking a recognized ball-winner.
Both sides triumphed in Europe in midweek and, while Liverpool only played on Thursday evening, with Rodgers having played a completely changed side they should be fresh for Sunday.
Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain absentees for United, while Ashley Young has been ruled out for another two to three weeks with a knee injury.
D: Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson
M: Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey
F: Borini, Suarez, Sterling
Manchester United (probable)
G: De Gea
D: Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra
M: Carrick, Scholes
Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck
F: Van Persie
Prediction: In recent seasons Liverpool have often got the better of Manchester United as they have used the incredible atmosphere at Anfield to overpower their opponents. That outcome appears less likely under the tutelage of the more technically-focused Brendan Rodgers.
United manager Ferguson has spoken in the buildup of the potential for players to be drained by the buildup to the game as his side were for the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. It is easy to envisage that happening to both sides on Sunday.
It could well be a closely-fought, if largely uninspiring affair, with both sides ultimately taking a share of the points.
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United