Harry Maguire won’t be delivering a rousing Churchillian speech to Manchester United players in the away dressing room at Anfield today.
This United have the belief, confidence and ability to handle the occasion without extra motivation from him.
“We will have a long conversation before the kick off, but I’ll keep what I’ll be telling them to myself” explains Maguire.
“But it’s not about any big battle speech – it’s about your mentality.
“We don’t need to hype this one up, everyone knows how important it is. It will be tough to go to Liverpool and get a result, it’s never going to be anything else.
“But we are confident. We are Manchester United – and there is definitely a feeling that we can go anywhere and beat anyone.
“We’ve shown the spirit and character to come from behind this season and turn games around.
“And shown we can hang in when we’ve had to fight. We also know we have enough talent to score goals from anywhere in an instant.
“Winning builds the confidence and we have that winning mentality back amongst the group.”
Like United, £80 million Maguire – the world’s most expensive defender – has been on an upward curve this season and at Anfield he’ll celebrate a year since officially being given the armband.
It’s been a roller-coaster ride that’s seen the England star arrested, jailed and handed a suspended prison sentence after a headline-making brawl on Mykonos.
As if that wasn’t enough, Maguire’s troubles leaked onto the pitch for club and country.
His United form dipped and his red card for England in the Nations League defeat by Denmark at Wembley in October capped a torrid time.
Those miserable weeks now seem a long time ago for the 27-year-old who has emerged stronger after a personal and professional test of his character.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself over the last year and I’ve learned so much as captain of this club too” says Maguire.
“It’s a massive honour, but I’m here to win games and trophies” he says.
“That’s the mentality and character I have. We’ve a lot of leaders in this group. I just happen to be the one with the armband.”
Maguire has researched the history of United skippers and takes regular advice from Bryan Robson – Old Trafford’s original Captain Marvel.
“I have looked into the history of this club. And I’ve spoken a lot to Robbo because he’s always knocking about the place and has told me loads.
“But I am my own man with my way of being captain.
“I wouldn’t put myself in the same category as anyone else. I’m my own person, I’ve got my own voice and do it my own way.”
All eyes will be on Maguire and United at Anfield to see if United can end Liverpool’s astonishing 64 game unbeaten home League run stretching back three years seven months.
Some pundits claim this is a bigger game for Liverpool with the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s stars to assert their authority. Maguire disagrees.
“Playing for United and playing with no pressure don’t come in the same sentence.
“We’re the biggest club in the world. And whatever anyone says on the outside, we go into every game not only wanting to win, but expected and expecting to win.
“That’s the mentality we have in this dressing room – winning at all costs. It’s something we’ve changed round, we’ve created it and that’s the environment we’re in now.
“But we’re not even at halfway in the league yet so we’ve got to keep this level up and improve.
“No way are we the finished article – once we are, that’s when we’ll get to where we want to be.
“But winning a game like this would send a statement, of course it would” he says.