Bruno Fernandes wants to give Manchester United fans something to sing about no matter where they are watching the game from on Sunday.
The eagerly anticipated Anfield tie is between England’s two most successful sides and this season they could go head-to-head for the Premier League title.
It would be stupid to rule out Man City, who could find their groove soon with some easy fixtures coming up, but our focus should be on going six points clear of Liverpool this weekend.
As things stand, United are top of the table, three points above Liverpool in second place.
“You don’t want your rivals at the same level as you,” Fernandes told BBC Sport.
“For the fans, the next day, going to talk to their friends who may be Liverpool fans it’ll be much better if they’ve been the winner rather than the loser.
“And it would be a lot more fun with 21 titles and Liverpool still on 19.”
There will be no supporters at Anfield on Sunday, but Fernandes is aware of what this rivalry means to both sets of fans.
“Of course I know,” he said. “Everyone knows. You don’t want your rivals at the same level as you, or with the same amount of trophies as you.
“For us, every game has to mean the same but for the fans it is different.”
Bruno Fernandes has had a remarkable impact on his team-mates at Old Trafford — and he’s one of the biggest reasons why United were able to turn things around on the pitch in 2020.
There’s still a long way to go but a win on Sunday would swing things in the right direction, with Liverpool looking over their shoulder trying to ensure City don’t overtake them in the league table.
Fernandes has won four of the seven Premier League player of the month awards he has been eligible for.
“It is not about he,” he added. “I’ve come to a club that is very demanding.
“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a club that has won everything. I don’t think it was me changing the mindset of the club.
“If I changed the mindset of some players or my mindset helped some players to be better — maybe.
“But I don’t think it was me changing anything for the club because playing for Manchester United means playing with pressure and responsibility.”