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Glen Johnson calls upon big Anfield atmosphere for Man Utd visit

Glen Johnson says he is relishing today’s Premier League meeting with arch rivals Manchester Utd and is calling upon the fans to make Anfield a cauldron of atmosphere.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 24, 2013: Liverpool's Glen Johnson in action against Aston Villa's Christian Benteke during the Premiership match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

[table id=27 /]The Liverpool right-back has enjoyed a good start to the season for the Reds defence with clean sheets in both of the opening two league games of the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ men face their biggest challenge yet though at Anfield later today when David Moyes’ Manchester United visit, and Johnson knows how special this game is.

“I don’t think anybody outside of the two clubs or two cities realises how fierce the rivalry is,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s great for the sport, great for the game and great for the Premier League as well. This is the one game that any outsider would tune in to watch.”

Liverpool vs Manchester United is almost always the best atmosphere of the league season for the Reds due to the fierce and intense rivalry between the two clubs.

With former Everton boss Moyes now at the helm in place of Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, today’s game promises to be no different.

“It’s fantastic to hear and they are the games you want to play in,” Johnson added. “When the crowd are with you they give you that extra yard and make you want to fight even harder.

A win today will send Liverpool ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City to the top of the Premier League. Although it’s early days, Johnson says the side are taking each match as it comes.

He added, “That’s obviously the objective for the weekend – to win. We’ve started well and we want to keep the run going. It’s the last game before the international break so it would be good to finish that period with three wins.

“Like I’ve been saying for many years, the target is to get into the top four – that is our objective, it’s what the club wants and needs.

“That will definitely be the aim. We just take each game as it comes and hopefully we’ll be there or thereabouts.”

Liverpool vs Manchester Utd gets underway at 1.30pm today (Sunday, 1st September 2013) and it’s live on Sky Sports in the UK. Read our match preview here.

Be sure to follow @thisisanfield on Twitter all day as we’ll be bringing you the latest news and photos from the ground throughout.

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