By Will Butcher

Jamie Carragher has predicted Liverpool’s Monday night clash against rivals Manchester United to be “extra special.”

The two Premier League heavyweights meet at Anfield in a week’s time on 17 October, just a month after Anfield’s main stand was expanded to increase the total capacity to 54,000.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Carragher claimed that Liverpool will be “confident” going into what will be a great night.

“This is extra special, under the lights at Anfield,” Carragher told Liverpool’s official website. “There have been some great games there, you think of the 3-3 game all that time ago.

“It will be a great atmosphere, and I think Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing.”

Both sides have began the Premier League in impressive form, with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sitting in third position after five domestic wins and just three places above United.

Jose Mourinho’s side have won four out of their seven league games, losing twice to Watford and to local enemies Manchester City.

The two sides met four times last season, as they drew each other in the Europa League. Over the two legs, Klopp’s side won 3-1 on aggregate to see off United in a sparkling run that saw the Merseyside giants lose in the final to Sevilla.

Liverpool are currently sweating over the fitness of England duo Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, while Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho are also unlikely to return before Monday’s hotly contested encounter.

In other Liverpool news, fans are delighted after Danny Ings scored twice in a behind-closed-doors clash against Bradford City.