The return to full fitness of Steven Gerrard acts as a timely reminder of the size of the task facing Manchester United on Saturday.
Gerrard is set to start a game for his club for the first time since Liverpool hosted their fierce rivals on 6th March.
Crucially, Liverpool won that game 3-1, indicating Man Utd’s unbeaten record so far this season could be under threat.
Indeed, Liverpool have won their last three tussles with United at Anfield, which calls into question Man Utd’s status as 13/10 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are certainly on a fine run of form having won seven and drawn three of their ten competitive games so far this season.
However, the performance levels seen in their last three games – draws against Stoke and Basel and a win against Norwich – have underlined a defensive vulnerability which Liverpool are capable of exploiting.
As such, punters could choose to look past United’s tag of favourites and back Liverpool to win at odds of 2/1 or a draw at 23/10.
Along with the presence of Gerrard in their starting line-up, Liverpool’s chances of victory will also be boosted by the inclusion of in-form striker Luis Suarez.
Suarez played a starring role in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over United back in March and has scored in his last two outings for Liverpool, making him a good bet to score on Saturday at odds of 7/5.
Any goals scored are more likely to come in the second half as six out of the eight let in by Liverpool in the league this season have been conceded in the second half, while three out of the five goals leaked by Manchester United have also come after the interval.
This makes the 11/10 on there being more goals in the second half than the first look great value.
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With this in mind, Suarez could be a good bet to score the last goal at 11/2, while the game to be level at half time before the floodgates open and Liverpool to go on to win looks tempting at 4/1.
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