Manchester United will place Liverpool two times this month.
The FA Cup fourth round draw has delivered an interesting tie, a match which neither manager would have wanted at this early stage.
A week after a pivotal league match at Anfield, United will host Liverpool in the cup.
United have home advantage, although without fans it is fair to question how much of an edge that actually provides.
Not an easy draw
United have done well in the cups in recent seasons but have not made it past a semi-final.
This match could see an early exit – although it also provides a chance to eliminate a rival at an early stage.
For all Liverpool’s success under Jurgen Klopp, they have not had much success in domestic cup competitions recently and they will be keen to redress this.
For whoever loses the league game, it provides a second chance and a bite at revenge.
A chance for fringe players to become heroes
United will play the strongest possible team against Liverpool in the Premier League next weekend.
The FA Cup tie could see some rotation, with the likes of Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood potentially getting starts.
This would be a great chance for either of them to become heroes and fire United to a memorable win over Liverpool.
It is very different to the soft cup tie at Tranmere Rovers at this stage of the competition last season, and it will be far more satisfying to win.
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