much of the game, the Reds were narrowly beaten by Daniel Sturridge’s solitary goal at Anfield, where the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Shankly was also celebrated via a minute’s applause.
The manager: Last summer, Brendan Rodgers was hired as manager of Liverpool and his mission was simple; end a 23-year wait for the title and put the club back at English football’s top table. A season and a bit in, the Northern Irishman believes he is on the right track. “To be the one in charge, trying to, in this part of its history, put it on the right track and the right direction - I'm hugely privileged. I'll fight for as long as I can to be here as long as I can; I know that's about getting good results.”
Star man: After completing a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, Luis Suarez is “champing at the bit” to return according to his manager. Of course, the Uruguayan has history with United, having previously been suspended for abusing Patrice Evra in 2011. But away from the controversy, he remains a world class talent and his scoring record of 33 in 48 games last season was only beaten by Robin van Persie.
Sub-plot: Though this competition traditionally sees younger players taking to the field, it remains to be seen how United or Liverpool will set-up with so much more than progress at stake. Both managers have kept their council ahead of kick-off.
Did you know? The two teams have only contested three League Cup matches in history; two of which were finals. Unfortunately, the Merseysiders triumphed on each occasion.