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Liverpool's Xabi confident going into Man Utd showdown

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is upbeat about the Reds' next challenge - a visit to arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Xabi Alonso says Liverpool will go into their clash against Premier League leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford on Easter Sunday in confident mood.

The Reds have now won seven consecutive games including five in the Premier League two against Serie A leaders Inter Milan, and are consequently in a positive frame of mind for the Manchester United showdown.

Striker Fernando Torres is on a prolific scoring run, and his partnership with captain Steven Gerrard is flourishing.

Torres has now racked up 27 goals for the season, with 20 of them coming in the Premier League. Fellow Spaniard Alonso told the Liverpool Echo: "We are in a good moment, playing well and scoring goals, and now we have to think of the next game against Man United.

"It is going to be a big game, playing at Old Trafford, we know their qualities but we are really looking forward to it."

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