The Liverpool-Manchester United match-up at Anfield is one that fans circle far in advance. Always a heated affair, this year's contest carries added significance with both sides believing they are ready to reclaim their places at the top of the Premier League table.
A misplaced international break has only added to the anticipation of Monday's game, which figures to include plenty of drama.
In a talk with fellow pundit Gary Neville this week, ex-Red Jamie Carragher revealed how that added drama can be used to influence referees. In fact, he said he once talked himself out of a red card in a memorable game against Manchester United in 2011.
That, of course, was the time Liverpool defeated their rivals 3-1 via a Dirk Kuyt hat-trick (and Luis Suarez emerging as an out-of-this-world talent). In the first half of that match, Carragher cleated Nani and was fortunate to avoid a send-off.
"I was on favourable terms with the referee Phil Dowd. I got him on my own, pulled him and said ‘he just beat me with skill,'" Carragher said (via the Echo). "Everyone is fighting and I got him over like an experienced pro."
"Did I think it was a red card at the time? Oh yeah. I've seen the reaction of all the players but like I said, I got Phil Dowd on his own, had a word with him and we came to some sort of a deal," he added.
Even though Carragher (and Neville) won't be on the pitch Monday to play a part in the next chapter of the rivalry, new players will be ready to fill the void.