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Liverpool vs. Manchester United: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

This difficult week culminates with Liverpool hosting Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

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Draws don't get more entertaining than the 3-3 played out between Liverpool and Arsenal mid-week. Roberto Firmino and Joe Allen were the heroes of that match, netting the three goals between them. Shoddy defending marred the match on both sides, but in the end, Liverpool supporters will be thrilled to see the Reds finding the back of the net again.

Hopefully they can do it again on Sunday when they face bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield. Liverpool have come out losers in the last several meetings between the two teams, and Klopp will be desperate to get a result in his first outing. He is, of course, no stranger to fierce rivalries, having overseen many matches as Dortmund manager against the German giants Bayern Munich. He'll have no doubt about how important this game is to Liverpool supporters.

United, on the other hand, played out their own 3-3 on Tuesday. While it didn't lack for drama, their fans were likely to be much less satisfied with the outcome after relegation scrappers Newcastle fought back twice to earn a point. Wayne Rooney, English savior, is once again BACK!! having bagged a brace on the night, including an early penalty to open up the scoring. With any luck, this resurgence will not hold over into Sunday's game, and instead we will see the Rooney from the earlier this season.

Manchester United will be missing Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, and Marcos Rojo with injury. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones are both doubtful but may be available.

For Liverpool:

Clyne/ Toure/ Sakho/ Moreno
Henderson/ Can
Ibe/ Lallana/ Milner

It's entirely possible that one of Toure and Sakho will sit this game out in place of new guy Steven Caulker. Toure is a 35-year-old who has had to play a lot of minutes lately, which Sakho is just coming back from injury. For a game this big, though, Klopp will want to go with a defense that he's more comfortable with, and while they didn't exactly cover themselves with glory against Arsenal, Toure and Sakho are familiar with playing together and with the rest of the team.

Lucas may be another player that finds his way back into the team this week, possibly in place of Can, who ran himself ragged against Arsenal. In these kinds of high intensity games, you want players who understand the importance of the occasion, and Lucas definitely does. The one minor fear is that if anyone is going to have a Gerrard-like lapse in judgment during the match and get themselves sent off with a reckless red card, it is most likely to be Lucas, who is extremely aggressive in his tackles on a normal day.

With Firmino having scored a brace on Wednesday, Klopp is certainly going to start him up top and keep Benteke on the bench as a substitute option for the second half.

Dejan Lovren may be available, but will likely he'll have to wait until Exeter City or even Norwich before Klopp risks playing him again. Daniel Sturridge is still out for the nebulous future. Divock Origi has another month to go on sidelines, and Philippe Coutinho and Martin Skrtel are right behind him with three more weeks. Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain out for the season.

Kickoff is set for 2:05PM GMT/9:05AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on Sky Sports 1/HD in the UK and NBC Sports Network and Telemundo (en espanol) for the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 4 Australia in Australia, TSN1,TSN5, TSN4 & RDS2 in Canada, Star Sports 4 Asia in India, SuperSport 3 Africa in Kenya, Fox Sports Malaysia in Malaysia, and 102 (hd) mio Stadium in Singapore are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. Online streaming is also available with NBC Sports Extra in the US and Sky GO Extra in the UK. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO and TalkSport Radio World.

We'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on all the action as it happens.

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