So perhaps it’s no surprise to see each of the last five encounters between Liverpool and Manchester United ending with less than three goals scored in the game.
The prize for winning a local derby like this is worth more than just three points of course – but the pain and misery of losing does not bear thinking about.
The players, naturally, are less keen to express themselves for fear of making a mistake in the midst of a red-hot atmosphere, and so a sort of ‘avoid risk at all costs’ mentality sweeps in.
With both Sadio Mane and Paul Pogba absent through injury, the likelihood of this edition of the rivalry descending into a goal-fest are lessened yet further, and really the numbers speak for themselves.
Under 2.5 Goals (10/11 with Betfair)