Brendan Rodgers: Man United rivalry more intense than Everton derby

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club's has a "more intense" rivalry with Manchester United than Everton

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool’s games against Manchester United edges their rivalry with city neighbours Everton in terms of intensity.

The 40-year-old Northern Irishman has suffered back-to-back losses against the Premier League champions since replacing Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in June 2012.

Having been in charge for two Merseyside derbies, Rodgers feels Liverpool’s rivalry with United is more intense and promised his side would look to peg back the Red Devils at Anfield on Sunday.

“Liverpool v Manchester United is a massive game. It’s more than a football game, it’s a story of two cities and you’re representing the people of your city and the history of that city,” said Rodgers.

“It’s more than a football match. But it’s important that you retain that calmness and belief on the field, to get the result – because, ultimately, that’s what it’s about.

“There’s a different feeling to this one. This is a rivalry that is passionate, fierce and competitive – which is what you want. But there’s also respect between the two clubs as well.

“There’s an intense rivalry there. I’ve experienced both games now as Liverpool manager – United and the Everton game. There’s something a wee bit more intense in this rivalry.

“It’s not just the football clubs – it’s the cities that you’re representing. It’s a game that we were unfortunate not to get something from last year; we lost the game but we’re very confident going into this game.

“It’s a game which should be very close. We’re at home and we’ll look to take the initiative in the game.”

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