If Liverpool haven’t got their adrenaline pumping on Sunday, there’s something wrong.
Of course, there’s no fans and that’s strange when you’re playing Manchester United but it is what it is and it’s a big game that we must rise to.
We’ve been through a bit of a lull and we have to come out of it.
There is no better game to do that, than against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
For the confidence and sending a message out to the rest of the league. If they think we’re not serious, this is a game to prove it.
We must go out onto the pitch with intent and purpose and make sure United don’t get a sniff.
There’s not much they can change and you’re not going to see a game the likes of when West Brom have come to Anfield and put up a big wall.
United can only play one way and they can’t defend.
They’ll back themselves on the break with the pace they’ve got up front but I don’t think the fans would be allowing that!
I think it’ll be a pretty open game and they’ll sense our weaknesses in trying to hit long balls between young Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
That’s what teams do, they pinpoint that area because our full-backs get forward and take up advanced positions, so then we struggle.
We struggled against Villa with the goal, we struggled against West Brom at times down the channels.
The left channel is not too bad, because Fabinho looks up and sees it but for the young lads – as well as they’re doing and they are doing superbly – it’s really hard.
Teams have a lot of quality and players who can put the ball in difficult areas with people chasing them – the likes of which Rashford will do.
United will be working to capitalise on that area but it’s up to us to do what we’re good at.
And that is scoring goals at Anfield.
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We haven’t been playing well away from home this year but at Anfield we’ve only drawn once and won the rest, so it’s not all doom and gloom.
It’ll be a test though, they’re a lot better than they were – they couldn’t have been any worse!
There’s respect between the clubs but there’s hatred between the fans – it’s a big game and the players know it.
You saw the way the players and fans celebrated that second goal last year – they know how big it is and the ball is in their court.
I wouldn’t say Liverpool need to work on anything before United come to Anfield though.
The Reds just need to get back to what they’re good at.
You can give the strikers as much finishing as they want or work through drills with the defence but Jurgen Klopp will be making his players aware of what United are good at this week.
What they are good at, is getting the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford on the ball – they’re the danger.
The rest of their team is pretty ordinary, they’d be coming in fifth or sixth place but those two make them into a team.
Klopp won’t be going overboard on United this week because we are a better team and we’ve proved that.
They’ve simply come closer and it’s about getting the lads to show we mean business.
We’re in the business part of the season and we need to start now, with the likes of United in particular.
It’s time to get back on track.