Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed that the Reds will not exercise caution when they go to Old Trafford for the second leg of their Europa League tie against Manchester United. The Reds are currently leading the tie 2-0 and are favourites to progress into the quarter-finals but Henderson believes that attacking United would be the best form of defence for the Merseyside club.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino sealed the fate for United, who were second best through the length of the pitch. Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand were extremely critical of Louis van Gaal's set-up after the conclusion of the game and the Dutchman will not be dealt any favours when the duo meet against next week.
Liverpool pressed high up the pitch and did not allow the Red Devils to play from the back, who got caught in possession a lot of times in their own half. A masterful performance from goalkeeper David de Gea saved United the blushes, as the score could have been much worse in favour of the Reds had the Spaniard not put in his best performance of the season on the night. Henderson was appreciative of De Gea's brilliance but revealed that they are unlikely to change their game plan despite their relative advantage on the night.
"Momentum is a big thing in football and it feels like we've finally got that now. It's really gathered over the past couple of weeks and now we need to keep it going — we need to repeat that performance," midfielder Henderson explained, as quoted by the Mirror.
"We have to go to Old Trafford looking to win the game on the night. We have to approach it like it's 0-0. We just have to focus on reaching the levels we did in the first leg. We could have scored a few more — we created a lot of chances and De Gea made some great saves. But overall we'll take that and move into the second leg... we need to play like that again."