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The teams last time Man Utd beat Liverpool at Anfield

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Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield on Sunday in the biggest game of the 2020/21 Premier League season to date.

United overtook Liverpool in first place on Tuesday night in winning their match against Burnley, and it is arguably the most significant clash between the two rivals in more than 10 years.

Liverpool have been the most dominant in the rivalry in recent seasons and when the teams step onto the pitch this weekend it will be five years to the day since United claimed the last win at Anfield.

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Few players survive Man Utd’s last win at Anfield | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

That day was January 17, 2016 and the game was settled by a single goal from Wayne Rooney with just over 10 minutes to go. It was also a record strike for most Premier League goals for a single club – a total he eventually brought to 183.

Liverpool and United were both in very different places at the time. It was still Jurgen Klopp’s first season at Anfield, having replaced Brendan Rodgers three months earlier, as United struggled to find an identity under Louis van Gaal.

Five years is a long time in football and the teams on display in 2016 are now almost unrecognizable with only three survivors left on each side.

Simon Mignolet (GK) – 2015/16 was the last goalkeeper as the undisputed number one before Klopp started looking for replacements. Left Liverpool for Club Brugge in 2019.

Nathaniel Clyne (RB) – Injuries ultimately destroyed his Liverpool and his decline was hastened by the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold. He is now at the Crystal Palace.

Mamadou Sakho (CB) – The French center-back is another to have moved from Anfield to Palace. Initially joined the Eagles on loan in 2017, but then signed on a permanent basis for a whopping £ 30million.

Kolo Touré (CB) – The veteran defender was almost 35 at the time of this game and it turned out to be his last season in England, before reuniting with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.

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Liverpool were Kolo Toure’s last English club | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Alberto Moreno (LB) – Liverpool had high hopes for the Spain full-back when he arrived. However, things did not go as planned for Moreno, and after a long time on the outskirts of the squad, he finally left the club in 2019.

Jordan Henderson (CM) – The 2015/16 campaign was an injury for Henderson. Won the Premier League trophy last season.

Lucas Leiva (CM) – Still a cult favorite among Liverpool fans, the Brazilian midfielder left Anfield after 10 years in 2017 and has played more than 120 games for Lazio.

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Lucas Leiva was a favorite of Liverpool fans | PAUL ELLIS / Getty Images

Emre Can (CM) – He certainly had potential under Klopp but chose to terminate his contract and joined Juventus for a free transfer in 2018. Now with Borussia Dortmund.

James Milner (RW) – Has played pretty much everywhere for Liverpool since joining as Manchester City free agent in 2015, and a key player in the squad despite being 35.

Roberto Firmino (ST) – The first of Liverpool’s three current fronts to arrive and the only one unsigned by Klopp. Did not prosper until the arrival of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Adam Lallana (LW) – Injuries saw the former Southampton star abandoned by a developing side after 2016/17, having arguably been Liverpool’s best player before that. Joined Brighton in 2020.

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Adam Lallana was Liverpool’s best player at the time | PAUL ELLIS / Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) – The only true survivor of United’s latest Premier League win has been on a roller coaster for the past few years, but is once again rediscovering his best form.

Ashley Young (RB) – Experimentation at the back extended his United career much longer than it should have. Eventually he became the club’s captain, but joined Inter last year.

Chris Smalling (CB) – 2015/16 was arguably the center-back’s best season with United, remaining injury-free and making 55 appearances in all competitions. It was sold to Roma last summer.

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Chris Smalling was at his best for Man Utd in 2015/16 | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Daley Blind (CB) – Another who thrived in 2015/16, despite the lack of obvious physical attributes for a center-back. Was deemed to be surplus to requirements in 2018 and joined Ajax.

Matteo Darmian (LB) – The Italian has never properly established himself at United. Joined Parma in 2019 and now with Inter.

Morgan Schneiderlin (CM) – The Frenchman was one of the countless players who never reached their potential with United in the mid-2010s. Joins Everton after just 18 months at Old Trafford.

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Morgan Scheiderlin never justified his transfer | PAUL ELLIS / Getty Images

Marouane Fellaini (CM) – Has become a symbol of the problems in the recruiting service. Made the trip to China in 2019.

Ander Herrera (CM) – Still a fan favorite with United and many were sad to see him join Paris Saint-Germain for free in 2019 when he failed to secure a new contract.

Jesse Lingard (RW) – It was only his 10th Premier League appearance for United after finally making the breakthrough in late 2015. His days at Old Trafford are numbered.

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Jesse Lingard had just broken through | PAUL ELLIS / Getty Images

Wayne Rooney (ST) – Scored the winner at Anfield in what was his penultimate season at United. Left the club’s all-time top scorer and has now made the transition to management with Derby.

Anthony Martial (LW) – Purchased in Monaco the previous summer under a deal initially worth £ 36million. Rediscovered his mojo last season and played nearly 250 games for the club.

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