Liverpool hero Dirk Kuyt has insisted that he expects his former side to overcome Manchester United and seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League at Old Trafford this evening.
The Reds head into the game with a two-goal lead after securing a 2-0 victory over their rivals at Anfield last Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp's side will know only too well, however, that the Red Devils will be desperate to overturn the scoreline in front of their home faithful.
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But Kuyt, who starred on Merseyside between 2006 and 2012, expects the Reds to complete the job in Manchester.
In a Q&A with the Liverpool Echo, when asked whether he will be watching tonight's game, the forward stated: "Of course! It's an important game for Liverpool, and I always make sure I watch those!
Kuyt expects Liverpool progression
"I'm very excited; it's 2-0 but it's a derby game so it will be special. It will be an interesting game, for sure.
"United will want to give everything in front of their home crowd, but I'm sure that Liverpool will reach the next stage!"
The Dutch ace also gave an insight into his memories of playing against Manchester United; unsurprisingly, he made reference to his sublime hat-trick against the Red Devils back in 2011.
He stated: "I have some great ones! The hat-trick in 2011 is one that I will never forget – thanks for that Mr. Suarez!
"But also the goal in the FA Cup the following year, when I came on as a sub at Anfield and scored late on. That was a great moment.
"Equally, I have great memories of the game at Old Trafford in 2009 when we won 4-1. I wasn't really involved in the goals that day, but it was an incredible day for us.
"Overall, I always loved playing in these games. They were always special, and the tension was always so high.
"The feeling when you win against United is incredible. Hopefully, the lads will have that feeling tonight."
Liverpool are favourites
With a commanding lead, Liverpool have to start tonight's fixture as favourites; Manchester United have it all to do in pursuit of redemption, and, based on recent performances, it's unlikely that they will be able to deliver the goods.
The Red Devils should be up for the battle - they certainly can't perform any worse than they did in the reverse game - but it will truly take something special for them to qualify.
With so many injury problems - Ander Herrera and Daley Blind are the latest players to have been ruled out - it's unlikely that Louis van Gaal's side will have the quality to progress.
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