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Liverpool set for United clash

Sunday’s north-west derby with arch-rivals Manchester United cannot come fast enough for Liverpool, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, whose side will start as favourites, according to Reuters.

Four consecutive victories have propelled Liverpool into second place in the Premier League, seven points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, if they make it five at Old Trafford, talk of a first English title since 1990 will look realistic.

Liverpool have not played since a 3-0 win at Southampton on March 1, but Rodgers is not worried that the momentum they have built up will be disrupted.

“It was interesting really as we had an adaptation day after they had been off for a few days,” Rodgers said in an interview with radio station TalkSport on Thursday.

“It was supposed to be a low intensity session, but the quality and the intensity they worked at was incredible. I actually had to take them off it a little bit.”

Liverpool’s resurgence this season after finishing seventh in Rodgers’ first season in charge has coincided with United’s struggles under new manager David Moyes.

It is a long time since Liverpool made the short trip to Manchester as favourites, although Rodgers is refusing to get too carried away by talk of a title push in the remaining 10 games of the season.

Liverpool have scored 73 goals in the Premier League this season, four more than any other team, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez scoring 42 of them in what has become one of the most formidable strike partnerships in Europe.

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