Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he is looking forward to Sunday's Premier League heavyweight clash with fierce rivals Manchester United.
25-year-old Mignolet, who joined the Reds from Sunderland this summer, has enjoyed a good start to life at Anfield and has kept consecutive clean sheets in the club's opening two league fixtures.
And while many other players might be understandably gripped by uncontrollable nerves ahead of such a match, Mignolet claims he is relishing the challenge.
“It will be a huge experience for me against United and I always look forward to these type of games," he told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s going to be a big one and we will try to win the game. We will make sure we’re ready for Sunday. We have to look at ourselves rather than focus on who we’re playing against."
Despite Brendan Rodgers' side not conceding a goal against either Stoke City or Aston Villa in the Premier League in recent weeks, they were given a strong test of their defensive credentials by League One outfit Notts County in last night's Capital One Cup tie.
Extra-time goals from Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson ensured Liverpool avoided a shock second-round exit, but the win could come at a severe cost prior to the fixture against David Moyes' men with many key first-team members forced to play an extra thirty minutes and the trio of Joe Allen, Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho all picking up injuries.
Yet despite the extra energy exerted by a number of players, Mignolet insists the squad will be ready to go for Sunday's match on Merseyside.
"We are professionals and we worked really hard in pre-season to get fit for the start of the season so that won’t be an issue.
“Everybody will rest up and we have a number of days before Sunday. There is enough time to recover," he added.
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