Chris Smalling speaks ahead of Liverpool clash.

  • Smalling on "Man Utd vs. Liverpool"

  • Winning has helped our confidence, says England defender.

Chris Smalling says Manchester United are ready to take on arch rivals Liverpool on Sunday. Jose Mourinho's side made it nine wins in a row last night as they beat Hull City 2-0 in the EFL Cup semi-final first-leg at Old Trafford and they're looking to close the gap on Liverpool who sit in second spot in the Premier League table, five points ahead of United. "Before facing Reading on Saturday we knew that we had three games in three different competitions," Smalling told MUTV. "We knew that if we could keep the winning run going then we couldn't have more confidence going into one of the biggest games of the season.

Read More: Martial wants to win 'lots of silverware' with United. "Everyone is really up for it and now we can switch our attention to that game. I think we will recover on Wednesday, then we have a good few days to work on the tactics on how to nullify their threats and to really impact our own play to keep this run going.

"We know how important this game is at the top end of that table." Smalling has now played four games in a row after his return from a broken toe and he is looking to get a run of games under his belt.

"I'm feeling very good," said Smalling. "It was frustrating earlier this season, but I feel fit now and we have that many games it is a good time to be back and hopefully I can play my part and keep playing."

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