Cape Town - Liverpool travel to Manchester on Saturday for one of the biggest fixtures on the Premier League calendar.
While Manchester United United have looked reasonably solid in defence, it will not
have escaped Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers's attention that makeshift
centre-back Daley Blind was bullied by Bafetimbi Gomis during their 2-1 defeat
at Swansea City.
Liverpool have a bruising forward of their own these days in
Christian Benteke, who scored twice against United for Aston Villa last season,
and are likely to look to isolate him against the lightweight Blind.
Liverpool have problems of their own in attack, however, and will
be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho through suspension after he
was sent off in their chastening 3-0 loss at home to West Ham United.
Daniel Sturridge has returned to training after undergoing hip
surgery in May but may not be risked, while there are doubts over midfield trio
Adam Lallana (thigh), Jordan Henderson (ankle) and Joe Allen (hamstring).
Liverpool enjoyed a 3-0 win at Old Trafford amid the embers of
David Moyes's ill-fated reign as United manager in March 2014, but were beaten
twice by their old enemies last season.
After losing 3-0 in Manchester in mid-December, Liverpool went on
a 13-game unbeaten run that appeared to have resurrected their season, only for
Van Gaal's men to inflict a 2-1 defeat upon them at Anfield in March.
"We have to try to approach it the same way we approach every
single game, but we know there is a lot of talking and the fans are more
excited about it," says Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.
"For the players that have never played the fixture, they
just have to try to approach it the same way they always do."
The match kicks off at 18:30.