12:26 Hello, and welcome to the SN live blog. It’s Liverpool vs United at Anfield. Doesn’t get much bigger than this. How are you feeling?
12:28 Strong rumours that Wayne Rooney has not traveled with the squad to Merseyside, apparently he needed stitches in an ‘horrific head wound’ during training. After his performance against Chelsea, his absence is a blow. Time to unleash ‘The Shin’? More on this shortly.
12:31 Worth pointing out, in case you haven’t been reminded of it enough, David Moyes is still searching for his first win at Anfield, if he could achieve it today, what a marker it could send out.
12:33 The game today could signal the start of a hectic 36 hours or so, Ander Herrera was an unused sub for Bilbao at the Bernabeu earlier amid talk we are looking to meet his buyout clause. Strong talk that Baines and Fellaini are also on their way.
12:35 CONFIRMED- Wayne Rooney has not traveled to Anfield.
12:39 United XI- De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Young, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Giggs, Van Persie.
12:40 Subs- Lindegaard, Buttner, Smalling, Anderson, Nani, Valencia, Chicharito.
12:42 So there we have it, I was talking up Kagawa and then he doesn’t make the squad. Presume he’s still not totally fit or got a knock.
12:44 Liverpool XI-: Mignolet, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho, Aspas, Sturridge.
12:45 Subs- Jones, Alberto, Sterling, Ibe, Kelly, Flanagan, Wisdom.
12:47 So despite Kagawa missing out, some good news as we see the return of Chicharito and Nani into the 18.
12:50 Some more on Nani, he was reportedly in talks with Juventus, but their officials have stated that he spurned the move and will sign a new deal at United. That seemed unlikely a few weeks ago.
12:54 Danny Welbeck will want to win more than anyone, and some interesting thoughts pre-game, ‘last year I only scored one goal and I was very disappointed. I just have to keep getting into the positions and the goals will come. I want to continue the faith that Sir Alex showed in me’.
13:00 David Moyes confirms that Wayne Rooney has a cut down the middle of his forehead which was accidental. He also states he is pleased to have Ashley Young back fit and personally he is hugely looking forward to the game. This is his 13th visit to Anfield, hopefully it will be a lucky visit.
13:04 Just under half an hour til kick-off now. There are few better feelings than beating Liverpool. Kick-off is fast approaching.