Bruno Fernandes: Liverpool are not playing badly
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Bruno Fernandes: Liverpool are not playing badly

Bruno Fernandes is not reading too much into Liverpool's poor recent run as the Manchester United midfielder attempts to knock their bitter rivals out of the FA Cup.

A week on from the sides' tense 0-0 Premier League draw at an empty Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's men head to Old Trafford for Sunday's eagerly-anticipated fourth-round encounter.

"I think teams have moments," the Portugal international said. "I don't think Liverpool are playing poorly. I think they don't win and this is the point.

"When teams don't win, everyone talks about that. When players don't score, everyone talks about that.

"I feel that on me because I know the standard is high, because I arrived and I scored a lot of goals and make a lot of assists, and everyone is wanting goals and assists from me.

"It is the same, everyone expects goals from (Mohamed) Salah, from (Roberto) Firmino, and from (Sadio) Mane.

"They are not scoring in the last games and it starts feeling like 'oh, they are not playing well'.

"They create, they play, but the other teams are playing better and, as I said before, they have more qualities to play.

"Every team goes there to play maybe without the pressure of the fans. Teams play a little bit more comfortably and, as I say, I think it is a moment.

"We don't have to look at that moment because big teams and big players can show in every moment."

Fernandes is hoping to taste victory against Liverpool for the first time since arriving at United and will be desperate to make amends for missing a fine chance to win last weekend's game at Anfield.

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