Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten sequence of nine Premier League games when hosting bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
The last time these sides met, the Reds hammered seven past United at Anfield in March.
After crashing out of Europe in midweek, the Red Devils could certainly use some festive cheer, but Dan Childs is forecasting Liverpool to be the Christmas Grinch on Merseyside for their visitors.
Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace last Saturday and they will be looking to ensure they end the weekend in same the position by defeating Manchester United at Anfield.
The Reds are chasing a fourth straight Premier League win and approach the game in better touch than injury-hit United, who bowed out of Europe on Tuesday with a 1-0 loss at home to Bayern Munich.
United lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last weekend, meaning they have tasted defeat in seven of 16 Premier League matches.
|Liverpool v Manchester United
|16:30, Sunday 17th December
|How to watch
|Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event
|Liverpool 3/10, Draw 5/1, Man Utd 8/1
Liverpool win to nil @ 13/8
Manchester United have not won at Anfield since a Wayne Rooney goal secured a 1-0 success in January 2016 and their last memory of the fixture was a 7-0 hammering in March this year.
They will be desperate to give a much better account of themselves but they approach the match in a depleted state and on a two-game losing sequence.
The Red Devils slipped out of the Champions League on Tuesday with a timid 1-0 defeat at home to Bayern Munich and their misery was compounded by injuries to Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, making them major doubts for the weekend.
Their absences would have another couple of blows to beleaguered United boss Erik ten Hag, who must also work out an effective way of playing without suspended playmaker Bruno Fernandes.
United mustered just one shot on target against Bayern and they are likely to be swiftly forced onto the back foot by Liverpool, who moved to the top of the table with last Saturday's 2-1 success at Crystal Palace.
Liverpool were below their best against Palace and were far from scintillating in their 2-0 triumph at Sheffield United three days earlier.
However, they are in the habit of winning games and should see off United without too much fuss.
Liverpool have won three of their last four Premier League matches at home to Manchester United without conceding a goal and they can achieve a victory this weekend.
United have failed to score on their last four visits to Anfield and the absence of Fernandes leaves them desperately short of creativity.
Liverpool have not been playing at their peak but they look a solid 13/8 wager to secure three points and a clean sheet.
Under 3.5 goals @ EVS
The fixture looks a dangerous one for Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, who is already under massive pressure.
However, at the very least the Dutchman is likely to come up with a plan to make his team more difficult to play against.
United will probably sit a lot deeper than usual and wait for fleeting moments to spring forward on the counter-attack.
They have some pacy forward players and Liverpool will need to be a little bit careful to avoid being caught out.
Jurgen Klopp's side may have to play a patient game.
They faced a low block in recent matches at Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, scoring just one first half goal over the two games, and it is quite possible that they will need to work their way into the game this weekend.
The Reds were 4-3 winners against Fulham in their last home fixture, but seven of their last eight Premier League games have generated less than four goals.
Liverpool fans revelled in last season's 7-0 success at home to Manchester United but they may have to be content with a more modest margin of victory this weekend.
United will make the short trip in a depleted state with their goal-threat significantly diminished by Bruno Fernandes' suspension.
They will be primarily focused on defence and the strong chance of a respectable margin of defeat makes under 3.5 goals a viable wager at EVS.
Mohamed Salah to score the first goal @ 7/2
Mohamed Salah sits second in the Premier League scoring charts despite falling below the sky-high standards he has set in recent seasons.
However, he has netted 11 goals in his last six appearances against Manchester United and is going to pose a huge threat this weekend.
The Egyptian is a big game player and he should enjoy coming up against an injury-hit United defence.
Mohamed Salah is a confidence player and he looks ready to make an impact after getting on the scoresheet in Liverpool's 2-1 success at Crystal Palace.
The 31-year-old has scored five of his last six Premier League goals in home games and he looks a tempting 7/2 shot to break the deadlock on Sunday.
This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.