Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has expressed his belief that Liverpool will be ready for whatever Manchester United have in store for them at Anfield.
The Reds are currently unbeaten in five Premier League game, having won the last four and drawn one. In contrast, the Red Devils have lost two of their last five Premier League games, including a derby loss against fierce rivals Manchester City.
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Henderson believes that his side will be able to deal with any threat that their fierce rivals pose in the game and they won’t dent the positive feeling at the club.
The captain said any methods Jose Mourinho used to disrupt Liverpool’s rhythm or upset the apple cart would not work
“(Is Mourinho) Coming to spoil the game? I’m not sure,” he told The Independent.
“It’s for Jose to do whatever he wants really. He’ll do whatever he thinks he needs to in order to win the game. We will just be prepared for whatever is thrown at us.
“It will be a tough game. United are a good team who have some very good players and a top manager. We need to be ready and prepared for anything that is thrown at us.”
The game on Monday night will be Mourinho’s first trip to Liverpool’s home as manager of United, but the Reds will be hoping for a very different result from the last time the Portuguese manager was there.
Henderson didn’t play in that fateful game, where Chelsea ended the Merseysiders’ title hopes back in 2013-14, but recalled the pain of seeing his side lose the crucial clash.
“It wasn’t a nice game to watch but full credited to Jose,” he said.
“It was tactically good from him and he is a great tactician, he is a world-class manager and he has shown that in the clubs he has been at.”
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The English midfielder is confident that Liverpool will be able to replicate their home win against United in the Europa League last season if they carry on playing like they have done so far this campaign.
That night goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino gave the Merseyside club a commanding 2-0 aggregate lead in the round of 16 tie.
“When we played United in the Europa League last season we had them on the back foot because we had good momentum,” Henderson continued.
“We dominated them and they never got off the back foot. We’ll play as we have been. If we keep doing that, working as we have been, it doesn’t matter what other teams will do. They’ll not live with us.”
If Liverpool win the game, they will be six points clear of United and will draw level with Manchester City and Arsenal on 19 points at the top of the Premier League table.