Nathaniel Clyne says Liverpool want to put their recent poor showings against Manchester United behind them in the Europa League.
The traditional rivals have been drawn together in the last 16 and the Reds will be hoping for some degree of revenge, having lost on both occasions the sides have met in the Premier League this season.
Thursday’s encounter at Anfield will mark the first time the pair have met in Europe and speaking at the time of the draw, Jurgen Klopp hinted it was the game he wanted as it would give his players the chance to atone for their poor recent showings against the Red Devils.
Having lost in the final of the Capital One Cup and been knocked out of the FA Cup, the Europa League is Liverpool’s last chance of silverware this season.
Clyne admits his side are raring to go ahead of the game at Anfield and says they are determined to get their own back on the Red Devils.
“Everyone loves to play European football so it’s going to be exciting up against our rivals United,” he told the club’s official website. “I think we owe them from the Premier League games, which we probably should have got more out of, but we have time now to put things right and make sure we progress through the cup.”
Having eased through the group stages, boss Klopp is sure to select a stronger side for the remainder of the competition.
The Reds have a respected record over the years in Europe and, having won this competition three times in its previous guise of the UEFA Cup, punters may choose to use their free bet to back the Reds to go all the way this year.