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Hyypia: Liverpool cannot be satisfied with their progress

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Former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia urged his old club to keep improving no matter how good things are, and warned them of the danger of facing Manchester United.

Hyypia, who was a part of the famous treble-winning squad in 2000/01, will be keeping a close watch on Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United this afternoon as they look to maintain their perfect start in the Premier League.

Three points will also see the Reds equal Manchester City’s league record of 18 consecutive wins.

Clearly, Liverpool are full of confidence right now following their Champions League success in June. Georginio Wijnaldum, in fact, recently teased that they could go the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten.

But Hyypia has warned his old side to remain grounded should they hope to chase more glory.

“In all sports, especially football, you have to be awake. You can’t be satisfied with what you have,” the ex-defender told Daily Mail.

“You have to have the passion and the will to be even better and I think Jurgen [Klopp] has this mentality, which drives him on.

“Jurgen has done a great job and a lot of credit should go to him, his team and the scouting department who have done a good job with the players we’ve signed.”

During his 10 years at Anfield, Hyypia emerged on the winning team in exactly half of his 20 games against United. Of course, this came during the glorious days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

While much has changed since then, however, the Finn believes it would be foolish to underestimate the Red Devils.

“I’m aware Manchester United is in trouble but when they face us they are always on top of their game,” said Hyypia.

“The start of the season for us performance-wise, there’s been a few games we haven’t been at our level – I would say that we were lucky.

“But if you look in the past when United won the Premier League many times, they had bad days as well but they always managed to win the games.”

The United and Liverpool match starts at 17:30 (CET).