Midfield matchups key to determining Anfield outcome

Liverpool host Man Utd in a battle for a top four finish

Steven Gerrard 5/2 to strike anytime against Man Utd

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Betting Tip: @ 5/2 with williamhill

Premier League top four hopefuls Liverpool will host bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield, as the race for a Champions League place intensifies.

Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils currently sit just two points in front of their closest challengers in fourth, while Arsenal are a single point ahead in third position.

On the red half of Merseyside, key midfield battles will go a long way to determining the outcome in this fiercely contested fixture, after several central stars have hit great form of late.

Among those is Reds skipper Steven Gerrard, who is a best priced 5/2 with William Hill to strike anytime against United.

The former England captain has scored seven goals in his previous 11 Premier League outings against the Red Devils, and he will be aiming to do so again in what will be his final appearance in this fixture.

Gerrard, who is set to depart for the MLS this summer, will come up against United midfield anchor Michael Carrick, who has also recently found goalscoring form.

The England international fired home his side’s second goal in an impressive 3-0 triumph over fellow top four hopefuls and his former employers Tottenham Hotspur.

Carrick is available at 14/1 with Bet365 to follow up his Spurs strike with a goal anytime at Anfield, after his boss Van Gaal recently declared his midfielder as an integral member of the United side.

In another closely contested midfield scrap, Marouane Fellaini and England box-to-box player Jordan Henderson will come together in a crucial clash.

Belgian bruiser Fellaini has risen to prominence under Van Gaal this season, becoming an important figure in United’s push for a Champions League return.

The former Toffees target-man is a 10/1 chance with Coral to open proceedings and add to his five strikes already this term, including the opener against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

His midfield opponent Henderson has been a star performer for the Reds this season, striking six times in all competitions, including three in his previous four outings.

Henderson is 6/1 with Coral to continue his recent rampant record by netting anytime against rivals United.

Basque box-to-box threat Ander Herrera has incredibly scored with all three of his shots on target for United in the top-flight this term and is 13/2 with Bet365 to net anytime, with his midfield opponent Philippe Coutinho an 11/4 chance to do the same with Sky Bet.

Betting Tip: @ 5/2 with williamhill

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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