Graeme Souness insists the rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool still makes it the biggest game in the country.
Both sides went into the international break on the back of defeats and this Saturday’s match at Old Trafford has been billed by some as a clash of the fading giants.
But Souness insists the meeting will always be the showpiece league game in England and recalled his memories of facing United as a Liverpool player between 1978 and 1984.
“For me it is still the biggest game in English football,” the pundit told Sky Sports.
“You’re made aware of the rivalry between the two cities and not just the football clubs.
“Going back to when I was a player, we were the number one team but they always had very good players, nearly as good as what we had, but for some reason they could never gel as a team.
“That’s all changed in the last 26 or 27 years.
“My best game against them was my very first one. We were at Anfield and won 3-1, and I scored my first goal for Liverpool that day, after maybe three or four games.
“We never had an easy game against them, even if we were top of the league and they were fifth or sixth, it was never straightforward.”