Eriksen: Beating Liverpool could change our season

Saturday 20 August 2022 16:00

Christian Eriksen says that a positive result against Liverpool on Monday could be a huge 'stepping stone' for Erik ten Hag and the team.

The Reds have made a disappointing start to the 2022/23 Premier League season, with two consecutive defeats to Brighton and Brentford. 
But the Dane hopes that home advantage and a meeting with arch-rivals Liverpool could be just the inspiration that the players – and the Old Trafford crowd – need.

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A meeting with our arch-rivals awaits the Reds at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

“If you get a result in a big game, you get the confidence to go on to the next one, and that’s definitely going to help you,”  the midfielder told United Review.
“First we need to do better than we did in the last home game [against Brighton]. So we need to get the fans going. We need to start well, get going into the game and play well in general. The fans expect a good game and so do we.
“But it’s definitely a good stepping stone to win the derbies, for sure.”
The former Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur and Internazionale player is no stranger to famous derbies, given the rivalries embedded deep into his previous clubs.
Eriksen says he cannot wait to experience arguably England's most tempestuous fixture – but admits that the magnitude of the game is something he will be trying to keep at bay once kick-off arrives.

“I think you feel the vibe going up to the game,” he explained. “You build up to it. You get a feeling of ‘Monday will be Liverpool – how are we going to play against them?’
“Then you build up slowly, to really be on a good note and be in a good place mentally to play the game. 
“Of course, you don’t know what’s going to come to you from the fans, before the game or in the game.

“But when you’re locked into the game, you don’t really recognise the feeling around you. You’re just really locked in and focused on the game.”
To read the full interview with Christian, order the Liverpool issue of United Review here.