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13/01/2013 08:41, Report by Ben Hibbs

Chicha relishing Liverpool tussle

Javier Hernandez believes that any player in the world would want to be a part of the Old Trafford showdown between United and Liverpool.

The Reds from Manchester and Merseyside go head-to-head at 13:30 GMT this afternoon (Sunday) and Chicharito is well aware of the history and tradition of the fixture. 

“It’s a derby game and these two teams have won the most titles in England,” Chicharito says in an exclusive interview with United Review, the official match programme. “It’s a match you want to be involved in. Every player wants to play on Sunday – any player in the world would want to be a part of it.”

Chicharito was in the starting line-up in his first appearance against Liverpool in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win in January 2011. And with doubts remaining over the fitness of Wayne Rooney, Hernandez could find a place in the first eleven again.

The livewire Mexican forward has scored twice in five appearances against Liverpool – a consolation strike in March 2011’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield, and then in October that year he snatched a more positive, point-saving late equaliser, again away from home.

“When we lost 3-1 it was a strange feeling for me,” he adds. “It was my first season and to score against Liverpool at Anfield was good, but it doesn’t have the same taste when you lose. It was different when I scored in the 1-1 draw because we were losing and we got a point. It’s a brilliant feeling to score in this game.”

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