Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes the Reds can match Manchester United when the pair meet at the weekend.
The Red Devils are flying high at the top of the Barclays Premier League and have won the two previous outings against the Merseysiders, once in the league and once in the FA Cup.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson's side are yet to travel to Anfield, and Liverpool's recent revival should also be taken into account despite the weekend defeat at West Ham.
"Despite Sunday’s defeat, I’m positive about facing United," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"It’s the perfect game to bounce back and banish the memory of what happened at Upton Park."
Aldridge recognises that the Old Trafford outfit are favourites, but notes that they're not unbeatable, a point proved by Wolves last month.
"They aren’t invincible and we’re a better side now than we were in those two previous meetings this season. It would hurt a lot if they beat us for a third time this season and we certainly owe them one."
History always plays a huge part in contests between these two sides, but with the pair currently tied on 18 English league titles apiece, the pressure is on Liverpool to dent their rivals' growing title hopes.
"This is our chance to seriously dent their chances of securing a 19th league title. We don’t want them to overtake us and that should be a massive incentive for everyone. Sunday’s game is the only thing we can do about that," the Liverpool legend continued.
"It’s one of our biggest matches of the season and it’s a game every player should be desperate to play in."
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