Liverpool entertain Manchester United at Anfield this weekend and hope to become the first team this season to defeat the reigning Premier League champions. Liverpool's new image has invested heavily in the transfer market in recent months as they seek to bridge the gulf that has developed between the two clubs in recent years in terms of trophy success.

Since Kenny Dalglish's return as manager there has been notable improvement on the pitch, but early season losses at the hands of Stoke City and then Tottenham Hotspur have left Liverpool six points behind their archrivals. The importance of this start-of-season encounter is already clear, as a defeat would leave Liverpool nine points behind the champions, while a victory would close the gap to just three points.

The Merseysiders have beaten United in their last three Premier League home matches, which should give them a psychological boost before the game, and despite unconvincing wins against Wolves and Everton, victory in this game could boost confidence. of the Reds as they try to impress in this season's title race.

A hat trick by Dirk Kuyt sealed Manchester's fate in the final Premier League match at Anfield as they took the winners 3-1 and Liverpool will look to new hero Luis Suárez, who set all three goals on that occasion to provide the much needed momentum for the match between these two soccer giants.

The two clubs have won 118 honors between them, 58 for Liverpool and 60 for Manchester United, while the Red Devils have just surpassed the number of English championships from 19 to 18, Liverpool still have the impressive five Cup successes Europe compared to United's three. trophies.

Liverpool signings Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and José Enrique could appear in their first game between the two clubs, while captain Steven Gerrard is unlikely to take a chance early on as he continues his return to top form afterward. from a long break due to injury. .

Despite the champions scoring an impressive 24 goals in their first seven Premier League games, it is speculated that they have defensive weaknesses that were exposed against Chelsea and again against Basel in the Champions League 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, something that Liverpool will look for. exploit.

A key to United's overwhelming successes in recent seasons is their strength in depth and this is a situation Liverpool have addressed with their preseason signings with their upgraded squad, the Reds could certainly make an impression in the Premier League this season. , and this is a great opportunity to take three points from your rivals.

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