Saturday 10 December 2016

'Liverpool at Anfield isn’t just a football match' - Juan Mata shares his thoughts with Man United fans

David Smith

Published 17/10/2016 | 13:30

Juan Mata
Juan Mata

Juan Mata has written a "special" blog entry ahead of Manchester United's trip to Anfield tonight.

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The Spaniard posts a blog entry every Monday to reflect on each match, but this week, his blog focuses on his feelings ahead of the biggest football rivalry in England.

The 28 year old says he feels "privileged" to be able to play in these big games, and that it isn't "just a football match" when Liverpool and United clash.

"Hi everyone," he writes.

"This is a special blog entry, it’s different because I’m writing this on the eve of a game and not after it.

"And, as you can imagine, this isn’t just a football match. We are in Liverpool, resting in the hotel, looking forward to this Monday and hoping that it’s going to be a great day for us.

"The truth is that I have played several times at Anfield already, with good and bad results, but I prefer to remember those good and exciting moments that I have lived in this stadium over the last few years.

"These games are always very intense and thrilling, with a big dose of adrenaline. I hope we can see good football and get a good score for us.

"Of course, we feel privileged for being part of this kind of games where tradition and rivalry go far back in time, and we will try our best to make our fans happy.

"It’s the beginning of a huge week, with three games in seven days. Following Liverpool, we have Fenerbace in the Europa League, and Chelsea in Stamford Bridge next Sunday. But right now, the game at Anfield is all we think about.

"I’m going to leave it here, I just hope you can enjoy a great football match and we give you something to celebrate after the game, and start this complicated week in the best possible way.

"Thank you for your support! Hugs! Juan"

A win would see United move level on points with fourth place Liverpool, who enter the tie as slight favourites.

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