You can bet your bottom dollar Luis Suarez will assert some influence on this tasty looking Capital One Cup tie, though in applying the wounded-beast theory, a Manchester United backlash may be on the cards.
It’s not too often that the early rounds of a domestic cup competition throw up such a tantalising fixture as a Liverpool visit to Old Trafford, but this particular third-round meeting could be especially fruity given the circumstances.
As if losing to Liverpool in the Premier League wasn’t bad enough, a heavy derby defeat will have left the champions of England simmering, and in that respect a rousing response in the League Cup is the only answer for David Moyes’ side against the old enemy.
Nevertheless, the rather slender-looking 6/5 on the home victory gives a clue that Liverpool, 5/2, will not go down (or out) without a scrap, especially as their own realistic designs on lifting a trophy are limited to this competition or the FA Cup this season.
Liverpool may have edged the league game 1-0 at Anfield, however, their recent record at Old Trafford is very poor, losing the last five straight visits in all competitions, lending weight to the home win in the process.
It’s worth noting that all of the last four encounters at the Theatre Of Dreams have seen United grab the first goal too, an outcome which can be backed at 3/4 with Ladbrokes.
Normally, Robin van Persie at 9/2, would be the prime candidate to open the scoring, but his omission form the derby makes his selection questionable.
Luckily for the Red Devils, they have another striker in Wayne Rooney who has hit an early purple patch with four in three games and at 6/1 the head-banded number 10 has to be the pick, while he’s 7/4 to register at anytime.
Naturally, Suarez will grab the spotlight on his return and will be sure to give the contest even more edge.
The Uruguayan is also a 7/4 shot to leave his mark on the game, as he did with a goal on his first ever visit to Old Trafford with Liverpool in February 2011 in a 2-1 defeat.
In fact, the 2-1 scoreline to United has occurred in three of the last four Liverpool visits and that can be backed at a tempting 9/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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