Jurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to be “angry” when they host long-time rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
The Reds can retake the Premier League lead with victory, but the German manager is aware that United will be looking for an immediate response to their midweek Champions League loss.
“From the other side it looks like it is not the best mood – United lost their last game,” he said.
“We have our own problems and our own targets and we go for them.”
He added: “We fight for our points. We have to be angry on Sunday and we will be.”
Liverpool have not lost to United at Anfield since 2013, although they have not beaten them in the past eight league meetings home and away.
There are currently 16 points separating the clubs, with United closer to the relegation zone than leaders Manchester City.
Klopp, however, focused on the historical significance of the fixture.
“It’s one of the games which you sign with your contract: try to do everything you have to win it,” said the German, whose side are the only unbeaten club in England’s top five divisions.
“It’s a big one, and if [former United boss] Sir Alex Ferguson says it’s the British ‘Clasico’ then I am really blessed because I was involved in the German Clasico [Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich]. It’s a cool game.” (BBC)