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Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne: I think we owe Manchester United

Updated: Wednesday, 09 Mar 2016 10:27 | Comments

Nathaniel Clyne clears the ball against Manchester at Anfield in January
Nathaniel Clyne clears the ball against Manchester at Anfield in January

Liverpool full back Nathaniel Clyne is eager to end Manchester United's Europa League campaign after losing both Premier League matches against their arch rivals for a second successive season.

English football's most successful clubs meet for the first time in Europe on Thursday in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Anfield, with Liverpool aiming for revenge after a 1-0 home loss in January and 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford in September.

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“This is why I signed for such a big club, to look forward to nights like this,” he said to Liverpool’s official website.

“I’m looking forward to it, I relish it, and hopefully we’ll complete the job that’s there for us.

“It’ll be good for the fans if we can beat our rivals in Europe, that’s what we’re looking to do and hopefully we will.

“Everyone’s excited. Everyone loves to play European football so it’s going to be exciting up against our rivals United."

Clyne continued: "I think we owe them from the Premier League games, which we probably should have got more out of. But we have time now to put things right and progress through the cup.

"We need to take it to them, especially in the first leg when we're at home. Try to get some goals but also keep a clean sheet, which is the most important thing.

"We don't want them to get an away goal, and that's what we want to try and do."

Meanwhile, former manager Brendan Rodgers expects his successor Jurgen Klopp to be given time to realise the Merseyside club's ambitions of ending their long wait for an English league title.

Under Rodgers, a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool fell two points short of lifting the Premier League in the 2013-14 season, the closest the Reds have come to adding to their 18 titles since their last triumph in 1990.

"The expectancy of course is to win the league, we went very close in my time and obviously Jurgen will go in and feel that he can improve on that and that's why the owners made the change," Rodgers told the Belfast Telegraph.

"They felt they wanted to improve and to improve on runners-up would be to win the league but it is going to take time. I'm sure the owners will give him that time."

Rodgers, who was sacked in October after three years with the club, was confident the experience he gained at Liverpool will make him a better manager.

"I have taken time to reflect on my period at Liverpool, an incredible club, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Hopefully, when I go into my next job, I will be all the better for the rest and for the reflection," the former Swansea City boss said.

"When I come back I'll be a better manager. The experiences make you better."  

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