Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is gearing up for what he has called a ‘really special game’ after running the rule over Manchester United’s title chances.
The Merseysiders are the defending Premier League champions. But it is United who head into Sunday’s clash between the sides as top dogs after Tuesday’s win over Burnley.
United remain unbeaten on their travels in the Premier League this season. And a win over Jurgen Klopp’s side would send United six points clear at the top.
With lots at stake, our Red Letter column has named the difference-maker for Liverpool – and dismissed United’s challenge.
Dismissing United has been Salah’s stance too since his arrival at Anfield in 2017. The Red Devils have rarely posed much of a challenge to Liverpool. Indeed, Salah admits he’s always treated United before as ‘just another game’.
This time around though, Salah is expecting a very spicy affair with lots at stake.
“The game is really big at the moment, especially because now they are first and we are second,” the Egyptian told TV2.
“They are playing well this season as well. It’s a good game but at the end of the day we need to win that game. I think that’s the most important thing.
I always say it’s just one game, it’s only one game. But because this one, if they win they are going to be six points [ahead of Liverpool ] and if you win you’re going to be the same, it’s a little bit special this game.
“It’s always different. The last two years I’ve always said it’s one game and that’s it, it’s three points.
“But this game now, because they are first and you have to be close to them and beat them to be first as well, it’s a little bit special.”
Salah reveals Liverpool confidence
Despite a poor run of results that has allowed United to take over at the top, Salah insists Liverpool remain confident.
“Around the training ground you feel how the players are focused on the game. Us players are pushing each other to win games,” he said.
“We also lost a couple of points in the last couple of games, so we need to come back to our way and we need to stay on track to win games so we can keep fighting for the Premier League.”
Salah also insists he wants to win a third Golden Boot, but says the priority is on making sure Liverpool win.
“I’m happy when the team wins, that’s the most important thing,” he added.
“When I’m scoring goals and can help the team, that makes me more happy. When I don’t score and the team doesn’t win, that’s a nightmare!
“But I’m happy when we are first, I’m happy when I score goals to help the team. That’s because the team comes first before anything and before anyone.”