Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to Sunday's meeting with Manchester United at Anfield and thinks that improving his side's record against the top teams will make a huge difference to Liverpool's season.
Rodgers understands the importance of the fixture but the Liverpool chief does not expect the match to determine his team's season.
"We didn't get enough win's against teams above us last season. It was small percentages, small margins that we can improve. It's going to be a tough game but I believe we are ready for it. It's a challenge we relish," Rodgers told the Daily Mail.
Liverpool won only one game against higher opposition last season, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.
The Reds lost 2-1 at home to United last season but have proved a stumbling block for the Red Devils in previous seasons. David Moyes returns to Merseyside for the first time as Manchester United manager and Rodgers, who joined Liverpool in 2012, thinks that Moyes is not out of his depth in his new role at Old Trafford.
"David did a terrific job at Everton and earned the right to go there," he added.
Rodgers is fully-focused on the game and understands the significance of the fixture to the supporters of both clubs.
"You understand what you are representing. This is a game that is one of the biggest in the world. There is a different feel to this match. There is respect between the clubs," said the former Swansea City boss.
The Liverpool manager won't feel under pressure going into the game as it will be David Moyes who is expected to win, but Rodgers is anticipating an intense game.
"There is intense rivalry. There is something that wee bit more intense. It's not just the football club's, it's the cities," he concluded.
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