By Alex Stevens

Danny Murphy believes Liverpool are the strong favourites to beat Manchester United on Monday night.

TV pundit Murphy backed the Reds to pick up all three points at Anfield in what is expected to be a mouth-watering contest between the two north-west rivals.

The former England midfielder played for Liverpool during his playing career and has been impressed with their start to the season.

Now the 39-year-old has given an insight into a fixture in which he scored some memorable free-kick winners during his own Anfield days.

“This derby is like no other game, Murphy wrote in his Evening Standard column. “There’s no point denying the animosity and, as a player and fan, it’s a game you’re desperate to win.

“I have to say Liverpool are favourites on Monday. Their start has been impressive and I expect them to get on the front foot but they are facing a Jose Mourinho team. Jose is brilliant at putting out fires in matches like these.

“Who can forget the game at Anfield involving Chelsea in 2014, when they won 2-0 and effectively denied Liverpool the title. United aren’t playing with too much confidence and would not be disappointed with a point.”

Chester-born Murphy scored 44 goals in 249 appearances for the Merseyside club over a seven-year period, before his move to Charlton.

Liverpool are currently fourth with 16 points going into the fixture against United, while their opponents are sixth with 13 points.

In other Liverpool team news, Jamie Redknapp identifies who will be the dangermen for the Reds against United on Monday night.