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Maguire: Man Utd not motivated by damaging Liverpool quadruple bid

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Harry Maguire insists revenge for a 5-0 hammering by Liverpool will be Manchester United’s motivation, not the damage they can do to the quadruple hopes of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

In October, Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as a rampant Liverpool breezed past United at Old Trafford, contributing to the sacking of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the following month.

Liverpool has since lifted the EFL Cup, reached the FA Cup final by defeating Premier League leaders Manchester City, trail by one point in the league, and is in the Champions League last four against Villarreal.

Klopp’s team has repeatedly quashed quadruple talks but could take another giant step towards an unprecedented achievement if they defeat Ralf Rangnick’s side at Anfield on Tuesday.

United captain Maguire believes hampering Liverpool’s quadruple hopes is not the main focus for the visitors.

He said to Sky Sports:

“I don’t think that’s part of our motivation, to be honest.

“I think the reason is going to Anfield, playing against Liverpool.

“And winning a football match and getting three points for this club and the fans.

“The fans have stuck with us throughout this season. They turn up in their numbers wherever they go. They’ve been amazing in such a difficult season.

“For us to go to Anfield, perform well and get the three points, it would be a huge moment for us to give to the fans. So I think that’s the big motivation for us.”

Liverpool laid down a marker with their 5-0 thrashing at United. Still, performances have further displayed the opposite trajectories of the two clubs, with 19 points separating them in the Premier League.

United could still qualify for the Champions League, though, sitting just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and level with fellow top-four chasers Arsenal, who have played fewer games.

And Maguire wants his team to set the record straight when they face Liverpool to boost their European hopes.

He said of the 5-0 defeat:

“That was such a low point, the lowest point of the season, one of the weakest points of my career.

“And I’m sure the rest of the lads, without international football involved in that.

“You don’t need the motivation to play in these games. It’s such a big rivalry.

“When you join this club, you know the rivalry. It’s one of the biggest in the world.

“It’s a game we’ve got to look forward to. We know we’ll have to play at our best to get something.

“And, however, we’ve got to prepare for.”

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