Mohamed Salah believes faltering Liverpool “need to win” against Manchester United because of the high stakes involved in Sunday’s showdown.
Premier League top-scorer Salah expects the always hotly contested north-west battle to have an extra edge because both are chasing the title this season.
The Egyptian striker, who has 13 league goals this season, has scored only once in his five previous Premier League encounters with United.
He has also failed to hit the net in Liverpool’s last three league games this term, during which time they have mustered just one goal and two points.
As a result of Liverpool’s slump, United have bolted three points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at the top of the table, with nine wins from their last 11 league games sending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men soaring.
“The game is really big at the moment, especially because now they are first and we are second,” Salah told Norwegian broadcaster TV 2.
“They are playing well this season as well. It’s a good game but at the end of the day we need to win that game, I think that’s the most important thing.
“I always say it’s just one game, it’s only one game. But because this one, if they win they are going to be six points [ahead of Liverpool] and if we win we’re going to be the same, it’s a little bit special this game.”