There are plenty of games hyped to be the biggest in the World, with local rivals passionately hating their opponents eager for the war. When your team wins one of these matches, you are buzzing for days, even weeks sometimes. When your team loses, it’s absolutely gutting, and the sooner next Saturday comes the better.
Is United vs Liverpool the best of the lot?
Mauricio Pellegrino, who played just 12 matches for Liverpool back in 2005, has spoken about what he regards to be the most important game. He’s played for Barcelona against Real Madrid, but thinks United vs Liverpool is the best game going.
“Every derby is different but Manchester United versus Liverpool is the most important derby in the world,” he said. “A lot of people in South America talk about this game, and it’s the same in Europe and Asia… I was lucky enough to play in a Real Madrid versus Barcelona derby, and then in a Liverpool versus Manchester game. These were wonderful opportunities for me. If I was at home in Argentina I would be watching this game.”
Pellegrino’s debut came in the United vs Liverpool game at Anfield, when Wayne Rooney scored in our 1-0 victory, before doing his impression of Shrek.
“The atmosphere was incredible,” he added. “The game wasn’t bad but the score was. I remember Wayne Rooney scoring and it was an unlucky moment for my first game. It was hard for me to play because I had not played for three or four months, I didn’t have the best fitness.”
Now as Liverpool’s first team coach, Pellegrino is wary of the threat United will pose this weekend.
“Cristiano is an important player but it won’t make a massive difference to them because they have a lot of good players,” he continued. “Carlos is good. He is very strong and a fighter. He fights until the end of every game. The key in these games is to score goals and play better than them. I think we are ready to do a strong job against them, and are ready to beat them. I have a lot of confidence in the players.”
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