ANDRE WISDOM is ready for the biggest game of his life when Liverpool face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 19-year-old is expected to start at right-back with Glen Johnson on the opposite flank in the continued absence of Jose Enrique.
It would be Wisdom’s first taste of the white-hot rivalry between the clubs and he’s relishing the prospect of doing battle with the Premier League leaders.
“It would mean a lot if the manager puts me in the side,” Wisdom said.
“This is a massive game but you have to prepare for every match the same. I’m not a nervous person. I just take things in my stride and try to keep my head down and get on with stuff. You can’t allow the pressure to get to you.
“United have some great players but so do we and our form has been good. We’ll go there with the right attitude and give it our all.
“We’ll have a strong team out and confidence is high. We know how much this game means to the fans. The support they give us is unbelievable and hopefully we can reward them with a good result.”
United, who were 2-1 winners at Anfield back in September, are seven points clear at the top and have plundered 25 goals in their past nine league games.
Wisdom knows that if Liverpool are going to build on a run of three straights wins in all competitions they must nullify the threat of Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals – one more than Reds striker Luis Suarez.
“Van Persie is a great player and we have to be ready to deal with that,” he added.
“United never give up and have scored a lot of late goals as they have a lot of very good attacking players.
“But we have to concentrate on our own team and the great players we’ve got. Luis has been scoring a lot and he will be focused on his game.”
Enrique’s hamstring injury recently led to Wisdom’s return to action after six weeks out of the side.
“I was just waiting for another opportunity,” he said.
“Hopefully Jose will recover from his injury as soon as possible. There is a lot of competition for the full-back positions.
“I’ll keep working hard and try to prove myself to the manager in training.”