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Liverpool v Manchester United: Classic Anfield encounters

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Anfield awaits another fiery affair. (©GettyImages)
Anfield awaits another fiery affair. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool meet Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday in the latest instalment of a rivalry rich in drama and controversy.

The repercussions of the most recent encounter between the two great rivals are still being felt, with Luis Suarez serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

With this in mind, both teams will be desperate to let their football do the talking in the weekend's FA Cup fourth round clash - the 10th meeting between the clubs in the most famous of competitions.

GMF remembers some of the most exciting encounters to have taken place between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield...

Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United, April 4 1988

Liverpool led the league by nine points when Manchester United arrived on Merseyside during an era of supreme dominance for the Anfield club.

The home side soon proved why they were champions elect, as the raced into a 3-1 lead after Bryan Robson had opened the scoring for United.

Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie and Steve McMahon netted for the Reds before Robson scored once again for the visitors to reduce the deficit.

Gordon Strachan then levelled for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, and riled the Kop by celebrating his strike by pretending to smoke an imaginary cigar.

Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United, January 4 1994

Manchester United arrived at Anfield a massive 21 points ahead in the league as they looked to land their second league title in as many years.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side quickly demonstrated their superiority of that of Graeme Souness' outfit as they raced into a 3-0 lead.

Steve Bruce headed the visitors in front, before Ryan Giggs chipped Bruce Grobbelaar and Dennis Irwin fired in a free-kick.

Liverpool, however, staged one of the greatest of comebacks, which was initially started by Nigel Clough, who drove in off the post from range.

The Reds' No.7 then cut the deficit even further just before half-time to set up a grandstand second period in front of the Kop.

And Neil Ruddock made sure the spoils were shared when he rose highest in the 79th minute to thump a header past Peter Schmeichel.

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United, November 4 2001

Liverpool made it four wins in a row against Manchester United with this impressive win at Anfield.

Michael Owen gave Gerard Houllier's side the lead when he beautifully guided the ball past Fabien Barthez after Emile Heskey had provided a flick-on.

John Arne Riise then added a second in spectacular fashion as he fired in a quite sensational free-kick, before David Beckham pulled a goal back for United.

Owen, though, made sure of the three points when he pounced on a mistake from Barthez to head into an empty net.

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United, December 1 2002

The following season, it was the Liverpool goalkeeper who handed victory to the opposition as a howler from Jerzy Dudek was the major talking point in this win for Manchester United.

It was not until midway through the second-half before the deadlock was broke, and Dudek was completely to blame for Liverpool's defence being breached.

The Polish shot-stopper inexplicably allowed a header from Jamie Carragher to squirm through his legs, and Diego Forlan was on hand to provide the simplest of finishes.

Forlan then put the visitors firmly in the driving seat as added a another only two minutes later when he latched onto a pass from Ryan Giggs.

Sami Hyypia, though, set up a tense finale as he netted eight minutes from time, and Fabien Barthez had to be at his best to keep the scores level when he saved well from Didi Hamann in the closing stages.

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United, October 25 2009

After coming to close to winning the title in 2009 - only to be pipped at the last by Manchester United (who else) - the Reds started the new season in dreadful fashion.

Before meeting United at Anfield in October, Rafa Benitez's side had endured their worst sequence of results since 1987, but recorded a morale boosting win on a crisp Sunday afternoon.

Fernando Torres demonstrated his brilliance with a world class opener, before Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a third consecutive time against Liverpool.

Javier Mascherano also saw red to set up an intriguing finale, and David Ngog finished the job for the home side in stoppage time.

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