Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has admitted they will have revenge at the back of their minds when they confront Manchester United on Thursday in the Europa League round of 16, first leg clash.
The Reds host their old rivals at Anfield on Thursday night and with Liverpool yet to beat Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, the midfielder says they will hope to put things right on the night.
“It’s mouthwatering, really,” said the Liverpool midfielder. “The way results have gone against United over the last couple of seasons, it is a chance to put things right and get some revenge.
“The manager said before the Palace game that was a chance for us to get some revenge on them as they had beaten us. It’s the same kind of reaction against United. It’s massive.”
Liverpool have not performed against United since Van Gaal arrived. Their defeat at Anfield in January summed it all up, as they dominated, pressed forward, but missed chances and were hit with a sucker punch.
“You can’t put one or two words to it on why we have that record. We were very unfortunate in the last game, we just lacked a killer instinct,” Lallana explained.
“They got one through Rooney late on but our aim is to put that right over the course of the two legs. I’m well aware of what it means.
“There is something special about it being a night game, the atmosphere. It is irrelevant what the competition is. I have been here long enough to realise what it means to everyone at the football club.”
“We had just come in from training and Milner was walking around going, ‘We’ve got United! We’ve got United!’ Oh, everyone was up for it,” he smiled.
“These games, they make all the hard graft worth it. It is just a massive game…and yes, I think the Champions League place for winning the Europa League makes it even bigger.”