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Rio Ferdinand sends tweet to Jamie Carragher

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The Europa League is set to see one of its biggest games in history take place this evening as Liverpool and Manchester United prepare to go head-to-head at Anfield.

There's absolutely no underestimating the fixture, of course - both teams need to win the Europa League to secure a spot in next year's Champions League competition - and fans may well be in for a treat. 

Manchester United, despite their struggles in recent years, most definitely hold the advantage over Liverpool right now. 

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In fact, the Red Devils have beaten their fierce rivals in the last four encounters. Louis van Gaal may well have come in for criticism throughout his tenure in the dugout at Old Trafford, but his track record against Liverpool is one that should give him a great deal of pride. 

But United will know only too well that tonight's fixture on Merseyside will be a tricky one. Club legend Rio Ferdinand is certainly aware that the club face a tricky test against Jurgen Klopp's improving side. 

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Ferdinand & Carragher take to Twitter 

In fact, the BT Sport pundit has enjoyed some engagement with Sky Sports pundit - and former Liverpool star - Jamie Carragher ahead of the showdown. 

With Carragher admitting that he could do with a 'couple of stiff drinks' to help with his nerves, Ferdinand responded in a manner that only he would. 

The former England international tweeted Carragher admitting that he would take a draw this evening in order for the Red Devils to 'pump' their rivals in the second leg. 

Ferdinand responded to Carragher's tweet by stating: "Tell me about it....I'd take a draw now...and take you boys back to OT and pump ya's!!"

Huge clash 

So, who will secure that all important first leg lead this evening? Well, both United and Liverpool have been in decent form recently, so it's a tough one to call. 

The Reds have won their last three Premier League fixtures and were unfortunate not to claim Capital One Cup silverware after they lost on penalties to Manchester City at the end of last month. 

Liverpool v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg

The club's impressive victory over Crystal Palace this past weekend - despite being down to 10-men, they managed to come from behind to claim all three points - should only increase their confidence further. 

United, on the other hand, will be frustrated after their four-match winning run came to an end at the hands of West Brom on Sunday. A win at Anfield will be the ideal response. 

Who will qualify: Manchester United or Liverpool? Have your say below! 

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Jamie Carragher
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