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Man Utd v Liverpool preview

It may be a friendly, but Manchester United and Liverpool will want to put down a pre-season marker in the final of the International Champions Cup.

Two fierce Premier League foes meet in Miami in the early hours of Tuesday morning in a contest you can watch live on Sky Sports 1HD.

Both sides are yet to taste defeat in a competition which has pulled together the cream of the European crop.

United topped Group A courtesy of impressive victories over Serie A side Roma and reigning European champions Real Madrid.

They also prevailed in a penalty shoot-out against Italian giants Inter Milan in the only game which saw them fail to find the target inside 90 minutes.

Liverpool's record matches that of their arch-rivals, with Olympiakos and AC Milan brushed aside without conceding.

Premier League champions Manchester City proved to be a tougher nut to crack but the Reds, who came from behind on two occasions to force a shoot-out, before holding their nerve from 12 yards to collect two points en route to topping their section.

The Sun Life Stadium will now offer two teams determined to right a few wrongs from 2013/14 the opportunity to get their hands on early silverware.

It may not be the most prestigious of prizes, but the opportunity to win trophies should never be passed up and Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers are not the type of bosses to accept second best.

Van Gaal in particular will be desperate to come out on top, with the Dutchman looking to build momentum at the start of a reign that is promising much and has raised expectations around Old Trafford.

Rodgers, meanwhile, is determined to prove that last season's success, which saw Liverpool fall narrowly short in their pursuit of a first top-flight title in 24 years, was no flash in the pan.

The Merseyside outfit must also show that there is life after Luis Suarez, with a talismanic figure having ended a three-and-a-half-year stint in England by linking up with Barcelona.

Liverpool have fared okay without him so far and will give their summer recruits another opportunity to impress and find their feet against United, with the likes of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert set to get their first taste of a special derby encounter.

Another new boy, Dejan Lovren, is being forced to wait for his debut, though, as visa issues have prevented him from joining up with the Reds in America.

United, meanwhile, have fresh faces of their own to bed in - such as Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

Robin van Persie has not formed part of the US tour, following World Cup duty, and Van Gaal has revealed that the Dutch striker is unlikely to be ready for the start of the new Premier League season.

His absence will give others an opportunity to catch the eye, with Van Gaal warning those on the fringes of the fold and generating plenty of exit talk that he will 'make judgements after the tour'.

Watch Manchester United v Liverpool live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 12.30am.