The biggest fixture in the English calendar will take on even more significance on Sunday (today) when champions Liverpool host new Premier League leaders Manchester United at Anfield.
The two most successful clubs in the history of English football currently occupy the top two positions in the table, separated by only three points heading into this mouth-watering Merseyside meeting.
It is almost exactly a year ago to the day since these two sides last met, when Mohamed Salah raced clear at the Kop end to score Liverpool’s second goal in a 2-0 victory – a goal and result which was widely regarded as the moment Liverpool fans felt confident enough to unleash their first real roar of surety regarding their title drought coming to an end.
Twelve months later, the scene on Sunday will be very different; there will be no fans to witness this firecracker of a contest between these two great rivals and, even if there were, they certainly would not be making any claims that the title is already theirs.
Speaking ahead of the game Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he does not consider Manchester United underdogs in this season’s title race and has never seen them in that light.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side moved three points clear of the Reds at the top of the table with a midweek win over Burnley and can stretch their lead further with victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Despite their current position the Red Devils are still being referred to in some quarters as not genuine contenders alongside Liverpool and Manchester City but Klopp laughed that off.
“I have been five years in England and United was never an underdog. They cannot be,” he said.
“It is just like it is: always good teams, always great players, always really good managers and coaches.
“It was always there and now they are top of the table. That is how it is. They cannot be underdogs but we play at home and we don’t see ourselves as an outsider or whatever just because they are ahead of us.
“We have to be dominant in the games. Usually, they change the system against us. They played 10 times with four at the back and against RB Leipzig, they played with five at the back, maybe they will change that.
“Those are things we have to think about – not who is the outsider. It is Liverpool v United and that in itself is a massive game.
“Wherever I would be in the world I would watch it definitely. This is the game.”