The Liverpool boss is hoping that a win over United will provide his team with a ‘psychological boost’…
Brendan Rodgers has agreed that this Sunday’s game against Manchester United is one of our biggest this season, but believes that the race for a top four spot will be far from over, regardless of the result.
Liverpool can move above United into the final Champions League place with victory at Anfield, while United will be attempting to open up a five point cushion on Rodgers’ resurgent Reds.
Despite United’s comprehensive win over Tottenham last time out, we remain very much the form side – having gone 13 Premier League games unbeaten – and have been widely tipped as the fixture’s favourites.
As ever, Rodgers was quick to calm expectations, but was happy to admit the importance of getting a good result. He told our official website: “It’s an important game.
“These games in particular are always great spectacles and obviously the rivalry is historic. It’s a game at Anfield against a big rival and we want to win the game.
“I don’t think the result will be an overriding factor because there are still a number of games to go, but certainly psychologically it can give you a great boost.
“We’ve got really good momentum. We have shown over the last three months the qualities we clearly have in the team, that perseverance and character in the side and ultimately the quality that we have.
“But we’ve had to work very hard – it’s not something that we have just clicked our fingers for. We have had to analyse and work hard on the training field and the players then take that into the game.
“They deserve a huge amount of credit for the resilience and focus they have shown over the last three months, when we didn’t have a good start.
“We arrive into the game knowing it will be a difficult game for us. Manchester United are coming off the back of a good performance.
“But when we play at Anfield in particular, we are very confident and we’ll look to take that confidence that we have shown in the last three months into this game and hopefully continue with that momentum.”