Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists helping prevent Manchester United securing a record-breaking 19th championship is less important than restoring the fortunes of his own club.
However, he would take great satisfaction should they put a dent in the Red Devils' pursuit of the title which would take them clear of their Merseyside rivals' tally.
The teams meet for the third time this season at Anfield on Sunday with Liverpool having lost both previous encounters, in the league and FA Cup, by the odd goal at Old Trafford.
Dalglish said: "We want to help ourselves first. If we help ourselves and it hinders somebody else then that's not our problem, that's theirs."
He added; "As we always say, you can control an awful lot of your own destiny and not someone else's. If we concentrate on ourselves and prepare as well as we can, then whatever eventualities come from that, fine.
"If we get a result on Sunday it is more helpful to us than it is harmful to them. It never does anyone any harm to win a game. Obviously the three points would be very welcome.
"What they would bring for ourselves and the future, we just don't know."
When Dalglish shocked the football world by walking out of Liverpool in 1991 he could not have imagined the title drought which would follow.
He, of course, won the Premier League when he returned to management with Blackburn but all the time United were gradually chipping away at Liverpool's record haul of 18.
"I never considered they would catch us," added Dalglish. "I was concentrating on what I was supposed to do and that was to manage Blackburn Rovers. You never look too far ahead and I wasn't doing that then.
"To their credit they have won a fantastic amount of championships and it shows how successful they have been. I had my own competition with Manchester United when I was at Blackburn and then Newcastle. I never had any feelings."
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