By Amir Mir

John Arne Riise has backed Liverpool to beat Manchester United 2-0 on Monday night in their Premier League clash.

Former Reds left-back Riise hailed the magnitude of the north-west fixture between the two giants ahead of the showdown at Anfield.

Riise who scored a thunderous free-kick against Sir Alex Ferguson’s United in 2001, was known for powerful left foot during his days on Merseyside.

Now the former Anfield defender has backed Jurgen Klopp’s men to pick up all three point and earn the first bragging rights of the campaign.

“I’m going for a 2-0 win today,” Riise wrote on his personal Twiiter account. “What a game to be involved in. Good luck boys.”

United have won the last four league meetings between the two sides, most recently their 1-0 win at Anfield in January, when Wayne Rooney got the winner.

But that was under former manager Louis Van Gaal, who has since left the Old Trafford club and been replaced by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

United faces a Liverpool side who are searching for their sixth win on the bounce in all competitions, as they sit fourth in the league table, with 16 points.

By contrast United are sixth with 13 points, but could go level on points with their rivals, if they pick up a victory at a highly charged Anfield.

In other Liverpool team news, left-back Alberto Moreno has posted an Instagram message after speculation suggests he might start against Manchester United.