LIVERPOOL and Manchester United will take their bitter rivalry to the European stage for the first time ever when they clash at Anfield in the Europa League tomorrow night (10.05pm).
The first leg match is the first time the two giants meet on the continental stage, where the Anfield side still boss the Red Devils nine trophies to five.
The Reds have won the Europa League three times as the Uefa Cup, while United have never lifted the trophy.
And the Merseysiders will have some extra bite to take into the match after cult hero Luis Suarez dropped in on his old teammates’ training session.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the second top goalscorer in La Liga’s finishing touch rubs off on his team when Louis van Gaal brings his troops to the Kop.
Defender Dejan Lovren knows the Reds have to lift their game for their most bitter foes after failing to beat them in their last four clashes.
The Croatian says: “It’s not a good record. We need to change some things and to pay back. Payback time. We can beat them. Of course.”
Meanwhile, Daley Blind says United must show they want victory more than archrivals Liverpool in their Europa League showdown after losing toWest Brom in the Premier League at the weekend.
The first leg at Anfield is United’s seventh game in 21 days and defender Blind says Van Gaal’s men are relishing the clash, despite it coming in the thick of such a congested set of fixtures.
Blind says: “It’s a busy schedule coming up again and Liverpool will be a great game to play in, especially as it’s now in the Europa League.
“You’re either in or out, through to the next round or not, so it’s very important for us.
“They will say it’s important for them too, so we have to show we want it more.”
Blind, who scored in United’s 3-1 win against Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier this season, adds: “I’ve definitely got some good memories against Liverpool and I hope we can create some more.
“Since I’ve been here, we have faced Liverpool four times and won them all – I hope we can keep up that run.”