David Fairclough: Anfield can help inspire Reds to beat United

David Fairclough & Phil Thompson

Former Liverpool striker David Fairclough believes the Anfield faithful can help the Reds secure a victory over visitors Manchester United on Monday.

The atmosphere can certainly intimidate visitors and with United having an extra man in Manchester-born referee Anthony Taylor (ED: #bants), Jürgen Klopp’s men might need a bit of assistance from the Kop to secure a positive result under the floodlights.

Speaking to the offal, Fairclough (above left) said: “Underneath the lights, Anfield is a totally different place.

“We played them in the Europa League last year and it was a fantastic atmosphere and the lights bring the best out of Anfield sometimes so hopefully there’ll be something similar.

“There will be that urgency to win, we love beating Manchester United, and it’s a big game so everyone can’t wait for it.

“It’s an awkward fixture, they’re huge rivals. But we can set the tempo with the atmosphere and I’m sure Jürgen will be appealing to the fans to really take part on Monday night. “And if the atmosphere is up, generally that brings out the best performances at Anfield.”

“And if the atmosphere is up, generally that brings out the best performances at Anfield.”