Manchester United and Liverpool are the two biggest clubs in English football. The two have won more trophies between them than Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur put together. They have also won more than 43 out of 54 clubs that have won a trophy in the English game.
Yet, criticism against the two clubs has been plenty, with ex-United legend and Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville being the most vociferous, likening one of the biggest matches in world football to a pub game between the Dog and Duck versus the Red Lion - harsh.
However, Neville does have a point: both United and Liverpool have been poor this season, albeit to varying degrees. United have got away with poor performances and are on a five match winning streak; Liverpool have suffered double the amount of defeats United have this season and have just been knocked out the Champions League.
This match means more to Liverpool simply because they need a win to keep up with the top four or face being consigned to the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Liverpool did however, do the double over United and will look to that as inspiration. Who will win? Have your say in the comments section and stay locked to this live blog!
84th min: Mario Balotelli is put in by Lazar Markovic, however, centre of the goal, Balotelli takes his time and allows De Gea to get back into position. As Balotelli strikes, De Gea makes the save - his sixth key save. You have to wonder what would have happened if Daniel Sturridge was playing.
81 min: Balotelli gets the ball inside the box but De Gea is on hand once more.
77h min: Liverpool can breathe a sigh of belief as Wayne Rooney comes off for Radamel Falcao...wait, there is virtually no difference.
73rd min: Immediately after the restart Mario Balotelli gets a booking for bringing down a player.
71st min: Ander Herrera replaces James Wilson.
71st min: GOAL! After several attempts in one attack, van Persie finally makes it 3-0.
67th min: Lazar Markovic replaces Alberto Moreno and Liverpool have made their last sub of the game.
66th min: Mario Balotelli hits the bar from 12 yards after another wonderful save from David De Gea.
63th min: Liverpool completely switched off from a set-piece and allowed Valencia to whip in a cross on the right wing. Robin van Persie gets on the end of it but misses the target narrowly.
50th min: You have to feel for Raheem Sterling. The 20 year old could and should have had a hat-trick. But he hasn't and as he puts his hands to his head, he feels the weight of expectation weighing him down. His latest attempted was thwarted by De Gea in a 1-on-1 as the youngster dilly-dallied on the ball before shooting weakly on his left.
As the second half begins, Adam Lallana has been pulled off for Mario Balotelli as Liverpool go in search for a goal or two.
42 min: Wayne Rooney is the latest man in the book for a foul on, yep, you've guessed it, Coutinho.
41 min: From the restart, Liverpool could have scored through Sterling, but once again the youngster shows his age with a tame header into De Gea's hands.
40 min: GOAL! 2-0 to United. The goal shouldn't stand as Mata was offside but Liverpool don't help themselves with shoddy defending. Henderson allows Young to whip in a cross; Skrtel and Lovren fail to command the air; Moreno allows Mata to ghost past him for a header at the back post.
36th min: Another United player is in the book as again Coutinho is fouled - this time by Jonny Evans.
33rd min: Alberto Moreno breaks the offside trap but a heavy first touch gives Valencia a chance to get back and clear the ball. The Liverpool man was in on goal.
25th min: Glen Johnson's game has been cut short by injury as Kolo Toure replaces him.
22nd min: Raheem Sterling is running rings around United but hasn't got the finishing touch to score past De Gea. How you are missed, Sturridge.
20th min: United are rather aggressive today as Phil Jones hacks Coutinho down.
17th min: Steven Gerrard drills a shot on the edge of the box, although a deflection put it into De Gea's path.
You also have to ask why Lucas Leiva isn't playing today. Joe Allen, a deep-lying playmaker by trade, allowed Valencia to get past him too easily. Coutinho, playing a part of the front three today, allowed Rooney to go unmarked into the box. Again Rodgers under pressure.
That's the difference between the two sides. Liverpool haven't got a striker, United have four - three world class.
11 min: GOAL! After 10 minutes we only had one shot in what was a dreary midfield battle, but in the 11th we had two of contrasting fortunes. Adam Lallana played in Raheem Sterling after showing composure to keep onto the ball, the midfielder who is playing up front today, missing a one-on-one and United countered. Valencia played in Rooney and he finished what has the harder of the two chances.
4th min: A bright start from Liverpool has caused United to be chasing shadows. None more obvious than when Marouane Fellaini fouled Adam Lallana on the left flank and receives the game's first yellow card.