Liverpool vs Manchester United has not felt this big in years. The two rivals currently sit 1st and 2nd in the Premier League and face each other on Sunday, 17 January.
While the season has yet to reach its halfway point, defeat for Liverpool could see the defending champions end the weekend at 5th place on the log.
Since Fergie’s retirement in 2012, disappointment and failure has outweighed the once expected success at Old Trafford. A shaky start to this season was plastered by an ongoing incredible away record, with the Red Devils unbeaten on the road in the Premier League.
After failing to qualify for the knockout round of the Champions League brought back the feeling of ‘here we go again’. And few could blame the fan base for their feelings of pessimism.
However, little over a month later they sit at the top of the Premier League, and if they avoid defeat on Sunday, they will remain at the top of the table. A win at Anfield, and they could cement their status as title contenders.
The defending champions have suffered more than just of a blip in recent weeks. Following a 7-0 win against Crystal Palace, many thought that this was a sign of the Reds kicking into their unrelenting winning form their fans have become accustomed to.
But since then, they have dropped points against Newcastle, West Brom and Southampton, allowing their bitter rivals to move above them on the log. The long-term injuries of centre backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez seems to be affecting the rest of the squad.
With no wins in their last three matches and an Anfield record to defend, the Reds will be hoping to shake off their recent poor form when they welcome Manchester United to their home ground on Sunday.
The two most successful clubs will face off on Super Sunday, and for the first time in years, it feels like means something.