David Fairclough has told Liverpool’s official website how he thinks the Reds should approach Monday night’s game against Manchester United at Anfield.
The former striker says that patience will be needed from the home side and when chances do arise, they need to make sure they are quick to take them.
Fairclough said: “Clearly, we’ll have to be prepared for a patient spell and hopefully we don’t get frustrated.
“We won’t want to give anything away and they certainly won’t come and create an open game.
“It’s up to everyone to remain patient and continue to do the things we do well. We know that we’ll get chances and, when those chances come, you have to be ready.
“You’re not going to get an abundance of chances against Manchester United and we have to appreciate that, when they come, we can’t afford to waste them.”
The two rivals go into the game three points apart in the Premier League table – Liverpool sit fourth and Manchester United sixth – while Jose Mourinho is set to experience his first North West Derby as manager of the Red Devils.
Liverpool’s boss, Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has been in the dugout for this fixture before three times seeing a loss in the league and a win and draw over two legs in last season’s Europa League tie as the Reds went on to reach the final.
The Merseysiders go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory away at Swansea before the international break whilst United drew at home to Stoke thanks to a late Joe Allen equaliser.