Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed that he has earmarked the game against Manchester United as a chance to exact revenge on their arch rivals, having been defeated twice in the league this season. Both teams have under-performed in the league this season and are looking at this tie as a chance to redeem their season and go on to win the tournament, which will give them an automatic entry into the Champions League for the coming year.
Lallana believes this is a great opportunity for them to right the results against United over the past couple of seasons and his optimism is backed by his manager Jurgen Klopp, who wanted the tie before the draw was made. Liverpool are currently three points behind United with a game in hand and a win here will give them the momentum to finish above the Red Devils again after the 2013/14 season.
The former Southampton man wants to go into the second leg with a lead at Anfield, which would give them the impetus to turn the Red Devils over at Old Trafford, a place where they have underachieved in recent years.
"It's mouthwatering, really," Lallana said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. "The way results have gone against United over the last couple of seasons, it is a chance to put things right and get some revenge.
"We were very unfortunate in the last game against them. We just lacked a killer instinct. They got one through (Wayne) Rooney late on but our aim is to put that right over the course of the two legs.
"The manager said before the Palace game that was a chance for us to get some revenge on them as they had beaten us. It's the same kind of reaction against United. It's massive.
"I'm well aware what's at stake. There is something special about it being a night game. We want to go into the second leg with a lead. I have been here long enough to realise what it means to everyone at the football club."