It doesn’t get much bigger than this.
With the season winding down, the European futures of two of England’s biggest clubs could be decided at Anfield today at 9:30 a.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra. Separated by just two points, Liverpool is looking to overtake the Red Devils for the final Champions League spot.
Oh, also these two teams loathe each other.
Manchester United stormed to an impressive 3-0 win at Old Trafford earlier this year, and the Reds haven’t lost since. They return home as the team in form, as the only undefeated team left in the Premier League across the 2015 calendar year.
Angel Di Maria has returned from a one-match suspension that may have come at the right time for his energy level, but he cannot make the starting lineup. Marcos Rojo is back from injury as well and on the bench, but Luke Shaw is still out with a hamstring injury that saw him removed from the England squad. The starting lineup for the visiting Red Devils features Juan Mata back in after impressing last week in place of Di Maria, along with
Meanwhile, for Brendan Rodgers, he has Mario Balotelli back and on the bench after an illness kept him out of their match on Monday. Jordan Henderson, who has scored a goal in each of the last three games, starts in the midfield in front of the back three that Rodgers has rode up the table in 2015.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Can, Skrtel, Sakho; Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Sterling, Lallana; Coutinho, Sturridge.
Subs: Jones, Johnson, Toure, Gerrard, Lambert, Lucas, Balotelli
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.
Subs: Valdes, Rafael, Rojo, Di Maria, Januzaj, A Pereira, Falcao.