The Reds are unbeaten in 13 top-flight games since a 3-0 reversal at Old Trafford in December, notching up wins against top-four rivals Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.
Sunday’s result won’t be conclusive in terms of who finishes in the top four. But the psychology of winning could be a big factor, though
Liverpool can hoist themselves above fourth-placed Manchester United if Brendan Rodgers’ side secure back-to-back wins against their bitter rivals on Merseyside.
Although the former Reds manager doesn’t expect Sunday’s clash to have a definitive say on the top-four race, Dalglish believes Liverpool can claim the psychological edge.
“Since Brendan Rodgers changed Liverpool’s formation late last year I have not seen a better team in England,” he wrote in his column in The Mirror.
“Some of the most impressive things about them have been their discipline, organisation and the willingness of everybody to work their socks off when they don’t have the ball – to get back into their position and make it difficult for the opposition.
“They are all key ingredients if you want to have a successful team, and now they are pretty settled in terms of selection, too.
“Liverpool are really organised defensively and if Manchester United don’t get hold of whoever plays off Daniel Sturridge – Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling or Adam Lallana – at Anfield on Sunday, they will have a hard game in front of them.
“That is why I’m predicting a Liverpool win – and I don’t think United will score either.
“Sunday’s result won’t be conclusive in terms of who finishes in the top four. But the psychology of winning could be a big factor, though.”
Liverpool kept pace with their top-four chasing rivals thanks to a 1-0 win at Swansea City on Monday night.
The Reds can hoist themselves above the 20-time English champions with victory on Merseyside on Sunday afternoon.
United still have to face local rivals Manchester City, leaders Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal before the end of Van Gaal’s first season in charge at Old Trafford.
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