It’s that time of the football season again: Liverpool v Manchester United - the first fixture that both sets of fans look for at the start of the season, the fiercest rivalry in English football and it’s ready to explode once again.
Both sets of fans have seen their clubs dominate British football since the 1970s, with Liverpool being the force in the 70s and 80s with the torch being passed on to United in the 90s and 00s. The two dominating British football fuels many arguments between the fans including the old ‘Liverpool fans always living in the past’.
Even though United seem to believe they have ‘knocked Liverpool off of their perch’ they still seem to envy Liverpool's record of five European Cups but love to gloat about their 20 Premier League titles. Between the two teams they have a total of 80 major trophies with Liverpool boasting 41 of the 80 giving them the bragging rights in the trophies won.
Recently, many would suggest that the rivalry isn’t as big as it was in the past due to recent league table finishes by Liverpool. But nothing will take away that feeling the fans get when they get one up on their north-west rivals.
The games always seem to be a feisty affair with tasty tackles flying in all over the pitch. Since the Premier League started the fixture has seen 14 red cards and 63 yellow cards so no doubt the game will be one not to miss.
Putting footballing terms aside, the fans are probably the main reasons for the bitterness in this rivalry - and even if the terms weren’t even on a footballing level the rivalry would still be the biggest in the country.
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