Harry Maguire says hurting Liverpool’s quest for a quadruple is not Man Utd’s goal in the lead-up to the game in Anfield this Tuesday evening broadcast live via Sky Sports, but insists that they’ll do everything to clear the air after the 5-0 loss in October in the 5-0 loss at Old Trafford.
United, currently 19 points ahead of Liverpool on the Premier League table, go to Anfield hoping to thwart their fierce rivals’ hopes for a record-breaking four trophy and keep Liverpool one point ahead of Man City with just seven games left.
However, Harry Maguire, who has come under severe criticism as well as other United players in the course of an unfavourable campaign, says that giving their supporters a night they will remember, and taking revenge for the 5-0 defeat in October which was which defender Harry Maguire described as one of the most challenging days of his life, is the main reason they are here.
Ahead of an interview on Sky Sports, Harry Maguire said: “I don’t think that’s the main reason behind us stopping Liverpool’s bid to win the quadruple], to be truthful.
Harry Maguire said:
“I believe the reason will be Anfield to play with Liverpool in a soccer match and scoring three points for the club and the supporters.
“The fans have been with us through this entire season. They’re in total numbers everywhere they go, and they’ve been incredible during a tough time.
“For us to travel to Anfield with a good performance and score three points, it’ll be a great occasion for us to offer our supporters. This is why I believe it’s our main goal. “
October’s loss highlighted the gap in the relationship between United and Liverpool in recent years. Liverpool scored five goals in the first 50 minutes, and their performances only increased that gap.
When asked if United would like to clarify the situation after that humiliation, Harry Maguire said: “Yeah, absolutely, that’s what you’re saying. It was an embarrassing moment it was it was the low point in my season and one of the lowest moments of my career, as I’m sure the boys did not have any international football involvement in the incident.
“You don’t require a reason to take part during these matches. There’s a massive rivalry once you join this club. You’ve heard of the rivalry, and it’s one of the most intense around the globe.
“It’s an exciting game to anticipate. We’re aware that we’ll need to perform with the best effort to win something, and that’s the thing we’ve got to be prepared for. “
Van Dijk: We didn’t expect an easy, straightforward win
Harry Maguire’s opponent Virgil van Dijk also reflected on the 5-0 win in October and said Liverpool did not expect it to be as easy as it turned out while insisting that the result doesn’t matter anymore.
He explained to Sky Sports: “The games that we played were always tricky, but to end up with a 5-0 win wasn’t what we anticipated before the game; however, that doesn’t mean that we didn’t have fun more than we would have.
“But the game is now out from the scene. The team made some changes following the game, so they’re at a different place mentally right now. They’re trying to make it to the into the top four and then build towards the season to come and trying to concentrate on ourselves and do everything we can to accomplish it. “
The latest issue of Essential Football’s Podcast We look forward to this Tuesday’s Sky Live clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield, which could decide the race to win a Premier League title and the top four.
Part 1 Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy, fresh from talking to Ralf Rangnick, reviews how things are going in the stadium at Old Trafford after scraping a 3-1 win over Norwich and where fan’s boos and boos cause a rift between Paul Pogba and the ongoing issue surrounding Erik Ten Hag as well as an Old Trafford summer rebuild.
Part 2. Sky Sports senior football journalist Pete Smith and features writer Nick Wright analyse Liverpool’s quadruple opportunities, their performances in the face of Manchester City, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane’s contract issues and how Thiago Alcantara has helped to develop the Red’s style this season.
What hope are Manchester United have at Anfield? Can the 5-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford play a part in the return game? What is the best way for to Klopp keep his squad in check with Everton coming up next? And could United be able to stay in the race despite the loss?