Next Up: Man United (H)

After what is the second international break of the season already, Liverpool host arch-rivals Manchester United in the first top four clash of the season.

In recent seasons, the difference between Liverpool not winning and winning the Premier League title has been the inability to beat the big guns. So Rafael Benitez’s men will have a point to prove when Alex Ferguson’s men come to Anfield on September 13th.

The Reds will be hoping all players come back uninjured from the forthcoming internationals, and await news on Fernando Torres’ hamstring injury picked up during the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at the end of August.

Steven Gerrard has opted to undergo a groin operation and miss England’s two World Cup Qualifiers, and should be fit to lead the team out when the domestic season resumes.

More to follow.