Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool are determined not to allow Manchester United to 'win the title at Anfield'.
If United beat Liverpool on Saturday, it will give them a 12-point lead over current Premiership champions Chelsea and, in the Reds skipper's eyes, virtually end the race for the championship.
And although Liverpool cannot win the title themselves this term and are looking to secure Champions League qualification, Gerrard is adamant their bitterest rivals will not take their biggest step yet towards the title under the noses of the Kop.
Gerrard said on his club's official website: 'They will be coming to Anfield this weekend looking for maximum points because that would virtually win them the league.
'We've got to make sure we get the points and keep the title race going for as long as possible. It's not over at the moment and that's why this is a massive game for both clubs.'
He added: 'It hurts to say this, but they have been playing some really good attacking football this season. They are also really hard to beat because they have some great defenders.
'The rivalry for this fixture has got bigger and bigger over the years and the games are built up more and more. As a player, these are the games you want to play in.
'But I am in the city among all the banter and I know our fans are desperate to take the three points this weekend.'