Luke: Confidence is high before Liverpool test
Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw says the team is in high spirits ahead of our Premier League clash with Liverpool.
The Reds defender played the full 90 minutes as an incredible second-half performance secured a convincing 6-2 lead against Roma in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-final.
During an exclusive club interview, Luke Shaw insisted the team is full of confidence ahead of our battle with Jurgen Klopp’s men after bouncing back in style on Thursday evening.
"They were brilliant," our defender said about his team-mates.
"In the big games, big moments, big players come alive. All three of them did against Roma. I think everyone was brilliant in the second half but, of course, we know the quality that they’ve got and possess and they showed that.
"Hopefully that can push them on now in the end of the season, every game now is very important. We want to finish the season high in the league and of course win the Europa League."
When the Merseysiders make the journey to M16, Luke, having been at the club since 2014, is fully aware of what’s at stake in the 207th meeting between England’s two most successful clubs.
"Yeah, I think so," he answered when asked if it is the biggest game in the match calendar.
"I’ve been here for a long time now, so I know how important this game is.
"Of course the players do but most importantly the fans as well. It’s a game we’re looking forward to. Of course, we come off the back of a really good win so confidence is high and we’re looking forward to the game on Sunday."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side sit comfortably inside the top four in second place with a 12-point gap down to West Ham in fifth. Liverpool, on the other hand, are currently in sixth place in the Premier League and face a difficult battle to get into the Champions League spots for next campaign.
With so much at stake, Luke was asked if he expects an open game and our arch-rivals to go all out at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.
"Yeah, maybe but I think they also know about our qualities," the 25-year-old added.
"Maybe if they play too open it could be trouble for them. Of course, I expect a very good game. Both teams really want to win and, of course, they’re chasing top four and they need it but we want to win it and, like I say, we want to finish the season strong and show people why we deserve to be up there and fighting for the title."