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Jamie Carragher explains why Man United are better than Liverpool right now

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Manchester United and Liverpool face each other in Saturday's lunchtime kickoff, but the two titans of English football enter this fixture with two very different form guides.

United are joint-top of the Premier League and are unbeaten so far this campaign while Liverpool have won only once in their last seven outings and are already seven points behind Jose Mourinho's men after seven games.

However, the Reds finished in fourth place in the Premier League last season qualifying for the Champions League the good ol' fashioned way while United needed to win the Europa League after finishing down in sixth.

It seemed as though both sides needed big summers to kick on and challenge for the Premier League title again next season, but one of them had a better summer than the other.

Writing in his new column for The Telegraph, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher revealed why United have taken a step ahead of United.

"Last summer Liverpool and United were in a similar position; preparing for the Champions League, knowing to go up a level and be serious title contenders they had to make the right signings," Carragher wrote.

"United, in sixth, acted. Liverpool, in fourth, did not. This is a trend. It is typical of what happened when Brendan Rodgers and (under previous owners) Rafa Benítez and Gérard Houllier had their best sides. Houllier, Benítez and Rodgers were in a position where they needed one more step to give good teams an even better chance of winning the title. They could not do it. My fear is Klopp will be looking back at the summer as his opportunity spurned.

"Instead, Jose Mourinho goes to Anfield on Saturday as a genuine challenger and Liverpool’s lingering flaws remain glaringly obvious," Carragher continued.

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"This is a fundamental difference between the modern Liverpool and United: one club recognised its weakness and fixed it, and the other is beset by the same problems."

While both teams spent money in the summer, one could argue that United were far more calculated with their purchases and that has translated on the pitch thus far.

Carragher believes that is a major difference between the two sides.

"United did not score enough goals so spent £75 million on Romelu Lukaku. He was not United’s first choice. They were pursing Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morato, but when those deals fell through Mourinho did not hang around. He did not wait a year for Griezmann. He wants the title now.

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"Liverpool conceded too many goals so wanted Virgil Van Dijk. They put themselves into a position where he was ready to join but messed up. Instead of lining up alternatives they spent the summer hoping Southampton would change their mind.

"It was Van Dijk or no one, which led to the season starting with Liverpool continuing to concede soft goals, failing to win games they dominate, dropping points to teams in the bottom half."

Can Liverpool's defence shut a United side that is averaging three goals a game in the Premier League this term?

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