The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is one of the biggest clashes in England, on par with Spain’s El Clasico and more important to the clubs than even their own derbies against Everton and Manchester City, respectively. And now, the enmity between the two teams is about to get a fresh lease of life with managers Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho facing off on Monday night.
This latest fixture will also be used as a marker to predict who has the better shot at the Premier League title this year. While the Red Devils have stuttered, Klopp’s men have been an impressive attacking force since the start of the season.
Apart from being England’s two most decorated and prominent clubs, their rivalry stems from geographical proximity and economic and industrial competition.
Whatever the night may bring, this particular battle is steeped in history that goes back more than a century.
Here’s looking back at the five most iconic moments from the Liverpool-Manchester United fixture:
#5 Gary Neville adds insult to injury
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The animosity between United and Liverpool has existed for years with supporters and players going out of their way to stick it to their rivals and no one did it better than Mancunian Gary Neville in January of 2006.
That night, Ferguson’s men squeezed a narrow one-goal victory over their long-time foes thanks to a header from Rio Ferdinand towards the very end. The result was to have a significant effect on the final league standings as United finished second and Liverpool third, just one point behind.
What makes game a memorable one is Gary Neville’s celebration after the final whistle. Instead of celebrating with his teammates in front of home supporters, he ran down the pitch to where the travelling fans were and gloated wildly in front of them. The ex-United captain was criticised for his unsportsmanlike behaviour and was fined £5,000 by the FA, but it's unlikely he cared. After all, they got one over Liverpool.