Buoyed by Luis Suarez's return, Liverpool will visit Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday eager to inflict more misery on a team reeling from a brutal derby defeat.
Sunday's 4-1 loss at Manchester City completed United's worst season start in nine years and prompted renewed scrutiny of new manager David Moyes.
Since succeeding Alex Ferguson, Moyes' side have lost to Liverpool and City and played a 0-0 draw with Chelsea, leaving the defending champions five points off the pace in the English Premier League.
Liverpool will hope Suarez can draw a line beneath recent trials and tribulations.
The Uruguayan will play his first official club game since April 21 after a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers chose an unfortunate turn of phrase when he said the striker was "champing at the bit," to play.