Liverpool will be aggressive against Manchester United claims Nathaniel Clyne

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Nathaniel Clyne insists Liverpool will play on the front-foot when they travel to Manchester United on Saturday, reports the Liverpool Echo. 

The Reds were beaten 3-0 by West Ham United at Anfield prior to the international break, losing their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season.

Brendan Rodgers' men have racked up seven points from their opening four games and lie seventh in the top flight, level on points with Manchester United.


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Both sides have top-four ambitions and will be pushing for a spot in next season's Champions League, and Saturday's result could be pivotal in the league standings come May.

Old Trafford is a stadium that has previously brought fear to travelling opponents but, since the departure of former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, the Theatre of Dreams has lost some of its reputation.

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Just two seasons ago, Liverpool thrashed their North West rivals 3-0 away from home. They took the game to United that day and a double from Steven Gerrard and a Luis Suarez strike ensured a historic win for the Merseyside outfit.


Clyne secured victory against United with Southampton last season and believes Liverpool can get a result this Saturday by being aggressive and playing with no fear.

"One of the reasons I signed for Liverpool is to play in big matches like this," the England international said.

"Playing at Old Trafford last season with Southampton and getting the three points was a great feeling. It was a well-deserved victory; we played really well and you have to be on top of your game if you want to come away with three points.

"Working hard, playing on the front-foot and taking the game to them is going to be key. We can’t allow them to pass the ball around as they like to or have too much free space.

"We need to be at their throats from the start, not let them settle in the game, and with the quality we have up front we can cause them problems."

Team News

Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho for Saturday’s game due to his sending off against West Ham - and he will be sorely missed. The Brazilian has arguably been the Reds’ best player so far this campaign and has the ability to create chances in any given situation.

Rodgers may also be without Adam Lallana, who’s been on the sidelines injured for Liverpool’s last two matches, which could see Roberto Firmino play in behind Christian Benteke at Old Trafford.

Firmino joined the Reds from Hoffenheim this summer and, although he has yet shown the form he did in the Bundesliga, the 23-year-old is adapting to life in the Premier League and has showed signs that he will do successfully.

The five-time European Cup winners may too be missing captain Jordan Henderson who limped off during the 1-0 defeat of Bournemouth and has not been seen since.

United Challenge

Liverpool will have to improve significantly from the West Ham match if they are to get a result against Manchester United.

The centre-back pairing of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren were well below par against Slaven Bilic’s side, especially the latter. They will have their hands tied against a strong Red Devils forward line that includes Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata.

United have scored just three goals from their opening four matches in the league, however Rooney netted a hat-trick against Club Brugge in the Champions League and for England against San Marino, and will be fired up to play Liverpool having grown up an Everton fan.

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