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have returned to the top of the Premier League, the first time they have held first place at this stage since 2013, and the stakes could not be any higher ahead of the Red Devils' trip to Liverpool. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have put together an impressive run of results to put themselves firmly in the title mix-up, with Jurgen Klopp's champions fluffing their lines in recent games.  

Here, Sportsmail's CHRS SUTTON runs through the form of each predicted line-up ahead of Sunday's mammoth clash at Anfield.  

Chris Sutton runs through the form of Man United and Liverpool ahead of their Anfield clash

Chris Sutton runs through the form of Man United and Liverpool ahead of their Anfield clash

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LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)

Alisson

Liverpool may have had their problems this season but, more often than not, the Brazilian represents a reliable, solid and safe pair of hands. 8

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Strangely out of sorts. A very creative full-back, so he is going to give the ball away sometimes, but he has to do better. 6.

Fabinho

The Brazilian has become an incredibly important player for Liverpool. Can do a job at the back but that means he's missed in midfield. 8.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has looked out of sorts and off the pace from his form of 2019-20 term

Trent Alexander-Arnold has looked out of sorts and off the pace from his form of 2019-20 term

Andy Robertson has been a bright spark for the Reds, putting in more crosses than anyone

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Andy Robertson has been a bright spark for the Reds, putting in more crosses than anyone

Nat Phillips

Academy graduate who could be given an opportunity to come of age. The 23-year-old centre back is still learning. 5

Andy Robertson

Robertson has put in 161 crosses this season. The next highest? Wolves' Pedro Neto on 108. Always carries an attacking threat. 7.

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool need their captain in midfield more than defence, where he has filled in occasionally. The type of player you want on your side. 7.

Jordan Henderson is desperately needed back in midfield, but is being used as defensive cover

Jordan Henderson is desperately needed back in midfield, but is being used as defensive cover

Thiago Alcantara

Hard to judge, given his lack of starts due to the injury he suffered against Everton, but good defensively and with the ball at his feet. 7.

Gini Wijnaldum

Not been at his best this season. A few more forward passes to help out

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