Liverpool star plays down Manchester United clash this weekend

Liverpool ace Simon Mignolet has played down the hype surrounding their game against Manchester United this weekend, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Reds were defeated 3-0 by United in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in December, and will be keen on setting the record straight on Sunday.

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However, Mignolet believes that revenge should be the last thing on their minds, as a win over their rivals will lift Liverpool into the top four, making them eligible for next season’s Champions League qualifiers.

He said: “Of course we know it is a big game, and especially playing at home, but we want to get the three points and that is the only thing we will think about.

“As professional football players we cannot get carried away with this game, even though we know there will be a huge build up.

“We have to focus on our jobs. If we are going to make more of it than it is, then we might get flustered or fail to address it in a professional manner.

“Our task is to focus on our job rather than what the opponent does, who the opponent is, or how big a game it is.”

Brendan Rodgers’ side have been in amazing form since the turn of the year, winning eight out of their last nine Premier League fixtures.

Their latest victory came on Monday, with Jordan Henderson scoring for the third game in succession to see off Swansea 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

And while their attackers are scoring, the Reds defence has been solid as well, keeping seven clean sheets in their last nine league matches.