Brendan Rodgers has stressed Liverpool are feeling “very confident” heading into Sunday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with champions Manchester United.
Last season - Rodgers’ first in charge of the Merseysiders - their encounters in the league with United saw them lose both at home in September and away in January, 2-1 on each occasion.
But Rodgers has emphasised his feeling that his team were unfortunate to be defeated in the first game and also pointed to the similarities in the top-flight records of the two clubs since they last met as reason for encouragement ahead of the Anfield encounter.
Asked about the meaning of the fixture, Rodgers - whose side have won all three of their matches so far this season, overcoming Stoke and Aston Villa in the league and Notts County in the Capital One Cup - said: “There’s an intense rivalry there.
“It’s not just the football clubs - it’s the cities that you’re representing.
“It’s a game that, last year, we were unfortunate not to get something from. We lost the game but we’re very confident going into this game.
“If you look at our numbers since we last played Manchester United in January, that’s the improvement where we’ve really kicked on. The big thing for us was consistency.”