When Liverpool and Manchester United meet today at Anfield, there will be more at stake than just the usual bragging rights.
The bitter rivals are engaged in a battle for the Premier League title; with leaders, United sitting three points clear of second placed Liverpool.
Bruno Fernandes has played a major role in transforming Manchester United from also-rans to title contenders.
Widely credited with reviving United with his fierce will-to-win and positive attitude, as well as his classy performances, the Portugal playmaker’s next mission is to stamp his authority on the biggest game of his time with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Fernandes, signed from Sporting Lisbon last January, will head to Anfield as the first star to win the Premier League Player of the Month award four times in a calendar year after earning the prize for December.
Overall, he has 15 goals and nine assists in all competitions this term, making it 27 goals and 17 assists in 48 United’s appearances.
No wonder Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, is a huge admirer and will task Reds captain, Jordan Henderson, with subduing the midfielder today.
“He’s an outstanding player. Before he joined United, we played against Sporting in the USA on the tour and in that game already you could see, ‘Wow!’” Klopp said.
“He is settled, he is a very influential player for United obviously, involved in a lot of things. So, yeah, a good signing, unfortunately, for United.”