Manchester United could put Liverpool in the driving seat for the Premier League title this season if they lose to Jurgen Klopp’s side after the international break, claimed Paul Merson.
A defeat for United would put Manchester City in “major trouble”, as the champions look to hang onto the trophy for a third successive season.
If Liverpool pick up four points from their next league matches, against United and Tottenham, City would be unlikely to win the title, he said.
But, United will be aiming to secure three points against Liverpool on October 20, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bounce back from a terrible run of form.
“At the start of the season you are probably looking at this game and thinking a point at United is a good result,” Merson wrote on Sky Sports.
“You don’t know how bad United are going to be, and you have a bit of a plan along the way as to what points you expect to get.
“Liverpool are ahead now. They’ve got points where they probably thought they weren’t going to get them, so a draw would be okay for Liverpool in this game.
“If Jurgen Klopp’s side took four points from the next two games, I think Manchester City would be in major trouble.”
Liverpool are eight points ahead of City in the Premier League after just eight matches.
They’ve won all of their games in the Premier League this season, and are on a winning run of 17 matches at the moment.
Meanwhile, United find themselves in 12th place in the Premier League, after losing 1-0 to Newcastle on Sunday.
The Red Devils haven’t won away from home since February, and haven’t picked up three points in three matches.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce picked up his first win against United this weekend, at the 23rd time of asking.
Youngster Matthew Longstaff scored the only goal at St James’ Park to condemn United to their worst start to a Premier League season since 1989.
After the match, goalkeeper David De Gea said United’s performances had been “unacceptable”.
He said it was the “most difficult” period he’s experienced at the club since he arrived in 2011.