Liverpool vs. Manchester United: Early Preview for 2014 ICC Final

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 2:  Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United is congratulated by Ashley Young #18 of Manchester United and teammates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during the first half of the Guinness International Champions Cup at Michigan Stadium on August 2, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Liverpool and Manchester United are set to face each other in Miami on Monday in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup.

Organisers couldn't have hoped for a better showpiece match at the Sun Life Stadium than a staging of one of the biggest club matches in the world on American soil.

The two sides topped their respective groups, the Reds beating AC Milan and Olympiacos and United seeing off threats from Real Madrid and Roma.

Read on for a full preview and information on how to catch all the action for what is likely to be a hard-fought contest despite its nominally friendly nature.


Date: Monday, August 4

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 1 a.m. BST

TV Info: Live on Fox Sports 1 (US) and Sky Sports 1 (UK)

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go, Sky Go


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As Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was quick to point out when the final spots were confirmed, there are very few matches bigger than Liverpool vs. Manchester United in the whole of club football, per Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph:

It’s arguably the biggest game in the world and for it to be here in the United States is wonderful for the supporters and the organisers. They are the two biggest clubs in Britain and two of the biggest in the world so it will be a fantastic game and we are looking forward to it.

Although it is simply a pre-season game, both sides will be eager to claim victory, if only to earn bragging rights ahead of the new Premier League season and, of course, pick up some early silverware.

In the English top flight last season, the Red Devils suffered one of their worst campaigns in decades, finishing seventh, while Liverpool narrowly missed out on a first league title since 1990.

The Anfield outfit won both encounters with United in the Premier League in 2013-14 and Louis van Gaal's side will be desperate to show Liverpool—and the rest of the division—that they are, once again, a force to be reckoned with.

With 38 English league titles between them—United have 20—these two sides are the most successful in the nation and there will be little love lost come Monday in Miami.


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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 02: Raheem Sterling #31 of Liverpool controls the ball in front of Riccardo Saponara #8 of A.C. Milan during first half action in the Guinness International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Charlotte, No
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Both sides have had strong victories so far in the ICC, each of them recording two outright wins and one on penalties.

The Red Devils almost sacrificed a 3-0 lead against Roma in their opener but hung on for a 3-2 victory and beat Inter Milan on penalties having kept a clean sheet in normal time.

Their final group match saw a terrific performance in front of more than 109,000 people, a record per ESPN's Paul Carr, in a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid:

Liverpool beat Olympiacos 1-0 in their opener and overcame Premier League rivals Manchester City on penalties.

They then put in a strong performance against Milan to win 2-0, per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, having already qualified for the final:

With both teams in such excellent form, it is likely to be a great spectacle at the Sun Life Stadium, with every player no doubt giving their all for victory.

As a pre-season game, Rodgers and United boss Louis van Gaal will continue to experiment with their team selections and substitutions, but there will still be enormous amounts of quality on show in what will likely be a hugely competitive encounter.