Harry Maguire insists he EXPECTS to lead Manchester United to victory at Anfield on Sunday.
The United captain has no time for suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are not genuine title contenders despite their position at the top of the table.
Maguire has warned the reigning champions that United are the biggest club in the world – and that they are travelling to Merseyside with the intention of ending their 67-game unbeaten home record in the Premier League.
The belligerent £80million defender said: “Playing for Manchester United and playing with no pressure don’t come in the same sentence.
“We’re the biggest club in the world, and whatever anyone says on the outside, we go into every game not only wanting to win, but expected and expecting to win.
“That’s the mentality you have to have in this dressing room – winning at all costs.
“It’s something we have changed round, we’ve made that the environment we’re in now.
“We put bigger pressure on ourselves than anyone else can do – not just to win games, but to win things.
“We finished third last year and have been to four semi-finals, but we want to improve – and we need to improve.
“Look, we’re not even halfway in the league yet so we’ve got to keep this level up and improve even more.
“I have learned so much as captain of this club.
“First and foremost it’s a massive honour, but I am here to win games of football and to win trophies.
“That’s the mentality I have, the character I have – I joined United to win things.”
United have not been in top spot after the turn of the year since they last won the title in 2013.
And when they kicked off the campaign with home defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal it seemed Solskjaer was on borrowed time.
A Champions League exit at the group stages and another Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Manchester City have been huge setbacks.
But come-from-behind victories at Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton, West Ham and Sheffield United have illustrated the kind of spirit that United will have to show against Jurgen Klopp's men.
Maguire said: “Winning builds the confidence and we have that winning mentality back amongst the group.
“We’ve shown that spirit in the number of games when we have come from behind, especially in the away games – you’ve seen our record, the number of matches when we have conceded and then turned it around.
“That shows a lot of character. As a defender I’d sooner not be going behind as much as we have done, obviously, and that’s something we have to improve because if you keep on doing that, there will clearly be a couple when you’re found out and can’t turn it around.
“That’s what happened in the Champions League against Leipzig but I do feel we’ve tightened up a lot since then.
“Look at the Burnley game this week. We limited their chances, and knew we could score at any moment from anywhere.”
Maguire has immersed himself in United's history since joining the club from Leicester 18 months ago and when Solskjaer handed him the captain's armband, he turned to club legend Bryan Robson for advice.
He added: “The players will be having a long conversation before kick-off.
“I’ll keep what I will be telling them to myself until then, but it’s not about any battle speech – it’s about your mentality.
“Of course it will be tough to go there and get a result, it’s never going to be anything else.
“But we are confident, we are Manchester United, and we know we can win any game whoever we play.”
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