Thursday 23 November 2017

Lucas Leiva: We need to be calm in Man United clash

Lucas Leiva
Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva has called for cool heads as Liverpool prepare to lock horns with Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The Brazilian midfielder says it’s vital that Brendan Rodgers’ side don’t get carried away amid the white-hot derby atmosphere.

“We have to try to approach it the same way we approach every single game but we know there is a lot of talking and the fans are more excited about it,” Lucas said.

“For the players that have never played the fixture, they just have to try to approach it the same way they always do.

“You feel when you get there that it’s a different game but nothing is too different in terms of the football.

“We have to leave the excitement and emotion for the fans because that’s what they should do, be excited about this game. We are excited but in the right way.”

Lucas admits the outcome of tomorrow’s game at Old Trafford could have a big impact on the season ahead.

“The two teams arrive in a similar situation with a lot of new players, a lot of new signings, and I think it’s going to be a good game,” he added.

“We just have to approach it in the right way, as we did against Arsenal, and hopefully we get a good result there.

“It’s probably one of the biggest games of the season. I think if you get a good result there it can give you a lot of belief and confidence going forward.

“It’s a team that will be challenging for the top four and titles so it’s a good opportunity for us to put the result against West Ham behind us and start again.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Steve McManaman believes Liverpool can overcome the loss of Philippe Coutinho and claim the spoils against United. “It’s still very early in the season but Saturday feels like a really important game for both clubs,” he said.

“Playing the way they do, I think it might suit Liverpool playing away from home. They will be able to hit United on the counter-attack.”

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