Liverpool have a job to do. As the fans gather and the tensions begin to build at Anfield tomorrow when the Mancs come to town, the players need to focus on winning. Last time they faced Manchester United, the Reds suffered their only draw of the Premier League season after a pretty painful performance.
But now the Red Devils are coming into their home, and fans are hoping to right this wrong over 90 minutes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a Scouser, so he understands the importance of this fixture for the Liverpool faithful. But he also has to play in it, and when the whistle blows, he knows that it’s important for them to focus on the match and not the occasion.
He said, “For the fans, it means a lot to beat them. We need to not get caught up or let our emotions ride over into the game.
“It’s a big game and the atmosphere will be amazing. We’ve got a job to do, we need the fans to be there, we need to get our tactics right and make sure we’re not going in there with complacency because of our league position.
“We know we’re there [at the top] for a reason and that’s our mentality. The way we approach games has been good so far but we’ve still got a long way to go and that’s the way we look at it.”
It is nice to remember that even though this game matters for reasons of local pride, the outcome will have little-to-no effect on Liverpool’s standing at the top of the league.