Brendan Rodgers: Manchester United clash a "massive game"

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool applause to fans during the match between the Indonesia XI and Liverpool FC on July 20, 2013
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that the club's rivalry with Manchester United is more intense than the rivalry with neighbours Everton.

Brendan Rodgers has described Liverpool's match against Manchester United this weekend as a "massive game".

The Liverpool manager has lost both clashes with the Premier League champions since taking over at Anfield last summer.

Rodgers told the club's website: "Liverpool [versus] 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.

"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 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."

Liverpool face David Moyes's side at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Liverpool's English forward Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the season's opening English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City on August 17, 2013
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