Liverpool will aim to block out the sense of occasion against Manchester United as they focus on their ultimate goal of the Premier League title, says Mohamed Salah.
The latest instalment of one of English football’s fiercest rivalries is set for Sunday afternoon at Anfield as Jürgen Klopp’s Reds host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
And, ahead of the clash, Salah insists tunnel vision on three points is imperative as he and his teammates seek to strengthen their 14-point lead at the top of the table.
“Our focus now is just on the Manchester United game, we take one game at a time,” the Egyptian told Premier League Productions at Melwood.
“We don’t think about being unbeaten until the end of the season. If we do that, it would be great, but at the end of the day we just want to win the Premier League. That’s the most important thing.
“Unbeaten or not, it’s not necessary – we want to win the Premier League.
“We need to win [against United], we need to carry on in our way – the way we’ve been doing since the beginning of the season and since last year. It’s a game we have to win.
“Of course we know it’s big for the fans, for the city and for us. But at the end of the day, we play the game to win. It’s unbelievable.”
Salah heads into the showdown with United having scored 85 times in 132 appearances for Liverpool, though never yet against Sunday’s opponents.
Asked to explain how he has produced such impressive goalscoring numbers since joining the club, the No.11 said: “It’s everything. I started working more on [my] mentality.
“Also, practising shooting and finishing all the time; and not just shooting and finishing, also playing the game in different positions, [being] involved more inside than outside, because my game is [on the] outside.
“A lot of things have improved and [there is] a lot of practice behind that.”