ROY KEANE and Gary Neville both cheekily smirked as Graeme Souness backed Liverpool to beat Manchester United.
Former Liverpool player Souness expects the Reds to turn up at Anfield and deliver a result.
He admitted he has not been convinced by Jurgen Klopp’s side this season but was full of confidence for the visit of United, despite their scintillating form.
The Red Devils won the Carabao Cup last week and have won nine of their last 11 games, which is perhaps why Keane and Neville found the Scot’s confidence amusing.
Souness said on Sky Sports: “I think where Liverpool are right now, this game comes at the perfect time. What an opportunity to put a marker down, to shut all the doubting Thomases up, and damage United.
“I fully expect them to turn up today. And it’s a long time, Kelly, since I’ve been as confident about a Liverpool win against United as I am today. I just feel they’re going to turn up today.
“I think they’ll be bang up for it today. This is a difficult place for United to come.”
Keane and Neville struggled to contain their laughter by the end of Souness’ prediction, with the pair both tipping their former side to win.
Neville suggested the game could go either way but he has faith in his former team and expects Casemiro to play a big role.
He said: “This is a fortress. But United have got a tough bunch. I’ve got more faith in this group coming here than I have for many years.
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Get through that first half an hour and it’s anyone’s game.
I always feel Liverpool are really strong in that first part of the game but with Casemiro in the team which we know he will be today, I’ve got real faith in United.
“He’s done something really special in that dressing room, obviously with the manager.”