Jamie Carragher fears Manchester United could take advantage of Liverpool’s centre-back crisis in their title showdown on Sunday.
United head to Anfield with a three-point lead over the Reds at the top of the table, having put together an impressive 11-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s champions will be desperate to claim all three points and move level with their bitter rivals this weekend, and former Liverpool defender Carragher believes the pressure is on his old side.
“I actually think it's a bigger game for Liverpool,” he told Sky Sports.
“The onus is more on them. If United got a result there, that's when the belief would come that they could win the league.
“I still think people think United may fall away and Liverpool have still got that edge, but if they won at Anfield that would send shockwaves through the Premier League.
“It's a game where Liverpool need to show they are the champions, they are the better team, get the result and also a performance that puts Manchester United back where they are.”
Liverpool will be aiming to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat away at Southampton last time out, which was their third straight game without a win.
Klopp has been dealt an injury crisis at centre-back this season, losing first-choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the majority of the campaign – while Joel Matip has suffered with his own fitness problems.
As a result, the Reds boss has been forced to field youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips on a number of occasions.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have also been used as make-shift centre-backs, starting together in the defeat at Southampton.
And Carragher has warned Liverpool that United will be looking to exploit their defensive weakness on the counter-attack this weekend.
“I don't think Manchester United have ever really hurt Liverpool with the counter-attack at Anfield, like they have done against Manchester City in the past.
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“There is no doubting the devastating effect United could have on the counter, especially with Liverpool's problems at centre-back and questions over whether Joel Matip will be back there.
“But I don't think Liverpool will change, if you look at their record at home, they have dominated for the last three years.”
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