Liverpool will need to be at their best says Clarke

Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke has acknowledged that the Reds have to be at their best to win three points against Manchester United, reports.

After their 2-1 win over United in the FA Cup last month, the Reds head to Old Trafford confident of success. Liverpool welcomed back Luis Suarez against Tottenham on Monday after suspension and Kenny Dalglish now has Steven Gerrard available again after injury. Clarke is wary of the threat United pose and insists that the Reds do not have a psychological advantage, despite their FA Cup triumph at Anfield.

Clarke said: ‘We managed to beat them in the cup tie, but I don’t think that’s got any bearing on this game. Every game in football is different. When you play against the teams who are in or around the top of the league, you know everyone has to put in a good performance and that everyone has to be at 100 per cent. We don’t go there with any fear. We go there, like any game, trying to win and with a positive attitude’.

Suarez’s return will benefit the Reds, but the Uruguayan is expected to receive a chorus of boos from the Old Trafford crowd. The Liverpool forward was found guilty of racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra in the league tie at Anfield this season and it is unknown whether Evra will shake Suarez’s hand.

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