Arbeloa - Reds must defeat Utd
Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa is eager to set the record straight against Man Utd on Saturday.
Last Updated: 11/09/08 3:23pm
Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa is eager to set the record straight against Manchester United on Saturday.
United travel to Anfield for a lunchtime kick-off, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD 1, and Arbeloa is desperate to secure a victory against Liverpool's North West rivals.
It is almost seven years since Liverpool defeated United in the league on Merseyside, meaning Arbeloa - who joined the Reds in January 2007 - has yet to take three points from the champions.
United have sneaked away victories in the last two seasons courtesy of goals from John O'Shea and Carlos Tevez, and Arbeloa is determined it will not be a repeat performance.
"That was a really bad experience at Anfield last season," the right-back told Liverpool's official website.
"I know how much of an important game it is for us and our supporters and we were all really disappointed. It is just as important for me as the supporters.
"I think this game is worth much more than three points. If we beat Manchester United at home we will have 10 points and much more confidence. But everyone will also be very, very happy."
Arbeloa's team-mate Fabio Aurelio also believes that Liverpool must learn from previous mistakes against United.
"If we remember the two games at home against them in the last two seasons we were better than them in my opinion," Aurelio added.
"We conceded a goal against them from a free-kick in the last minute and last season they scored from a corner. This shows that we have to concentrate at all times.
"We have to be 100 per cent on our game and try and show character. We need to show them how difficult it is to play at Anfield.
"Our fans will show that and we need to do it on the pitch. We need to try and change the history. In recent years it has been difficult against them but we have a great opportunity to change that on Saturday."