In the matchweek 22 of the English Premier League, traditional rivals Manchester United and Liverpool will face each other, in what can be described as arguably the most highly anticipated clash of the gameweek.
Thus, in an early build-up to the game, IBTimes present you with a list of three players to look out for when two of the historic rivals battle it out on Sunday.
Just days after completing his inevitable transfer from European champions Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge produced an impressive performance for Liverpool in their 2-1 third-round FA Cup win over Mansfield Town.
The England international opened his Reds scoring account just after seven minutes and the former Manchester City youngster’s scintillating pace and fine link-up play tormented the oppositions’ backline throughout the game.
Sturridge is set to make his domestic debut for Liverpool against United and his display will be surely crucial in helping the mercurial Luis Suarez exploit the Red Devils’ back-four and also igniting the lacking attacking prowess to in the 18-times English champions’ play.
Robin van Persie
Perhaps the most in-form player in England right now, Robin van Persie will spearhead United’s attack against Liverpool on Sunday.
The former Arsenal captain has already scored 20 times for the table-toppers this season, including the clinical extra-time equalizer for Ferguson’s troops in their FA Cup tie against West Ham on Saturday.
With Rooney currently out injured, van Persie will have the onus of finding the back of the net for United this weekend and it is frankly hard to expect the home side coming out victorious if their Flying Dutchman fails to produce the required goods.
Again driven into a ‘scandal’ due to his controversial handball goal against Mansfield Town, Luis Suarez will be perhaps the most intriguing element on the pitch when Liverpool visit the red side of Manchester.
Even though the addition of Sturridge means that Suarez won’t have to single-handedly carry his side’s attack this time around, in all honesty, it will be the Uruguayan’s trickery and enthralling skills that will make the radical impact for the visitors.
He might be hated for his, at times, questionable antics, Suarez talents are unquestionable and it will be interesting to see how Nemanja Vidic and his fellow colleagues deal with the former Ajax star in around six days time.981178