Liverpool vs. Manchester United: Preview and TV schedule

Clive Brunskill

Between Liverpool's rebuilding and Alex Ferguson's retirement, the Northwest Derby might be an evenly matched one for the first time in years this season.

Manchester United and Liverpool are both satisfied with the way they've started their seasons thus far, but they're unlikely to both be thrilled no matter the result of Sunday's rivalry clash at Anfield. David Moyes could seriously endear himself to the United faithful with a big win away to Liverpool, while Brendan Rodgers and Co. can establish themselves as legitimate top four contenders with an upset victory.

Luis Suarez remains suspended for Liverpool, but Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho have had no problem picking up the slack thus far. New signing Iago Aspas appears to be adjusting to his new team and league quickly as well, so United won't exactly have it easy despite the absence of Liverpool's best attacker.

Moyes will once again face a dilemma about who to play in his attack. Wayne Rooney appears to have won back a place in the first XI for the time being, but Shinji Kagawa is waiting on the United bench for his chance to make a big impact.

Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Aly Cissokho (ankle), Sebastian Coates (knee), Luis Suarez (suspended). In doubt: Joe Allen (hamstring), Kolo Toure (groin).

Manchester United injuries and suspensions

Out: Rafael (hamstring), Darren Fletcher (illness), Javier Hernandez (hamstring), Nani (groin). In doubt: Wayne Rooney (head), Phil Jones (back).

The players whose fitness is in doubt for Manchester United seem much more likely to play than the players in the same boat for Liverpool. Wayne Rooney is not believed to have a concussion despite taking a knock to the head, while Phil Jones' back injury is not serious. Joe Allen and Kolo Toure were both injured in cup action mid-week and are not expected to play.

Match date/time: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. local, 8:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England

TV: BBC One/Sky Sports (U.K.), NBC Sports Network (U.S. - English), mun2 (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet World (Canada)

Online: Sky Go (U.K.), NBC Live Extra (U.S.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada)

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