Bruno Fernandes has suggested Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is trying to influence officials with his complaints about the number of penalties Manchester United have been awarded.

Since the Video Assistant Referee was introduced in the Premier League at the start of last season, United have won 20 penalties and Liverpool have earned 10, although United have had just one penalty more in the league than Liverpool this term. Leicester have won the most Premier League penalties this season with 10.

Klopp was seething after Sadio Mane was denied a spotkick in Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Southampton last week and United have since gone three points clear of the champions.

Klopp carped United have 'had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years' and Liverpool have had 46 penalties compared with United's 67 across all competitions since the German's appointment at Anfield in October 2015.

Fernandes has converted 15 out of 16 penalties since he joined United in January of last year but has little time for grumbling.

"I don’t hear [them]! I don’t care, honestly," Fernandes said of the focus on United's penalty record. "You always see what people say but I really don’t care. I’m not focused on what they are saying.

"I played in Portugal and when you play for Sporting, Benfica and Porto are always talking about that kind of stuff - sometimes to put pressure on the referee, sometimes just to make some noise in the press. But, for me, the main point is when we have a penalty, if I go to take the ball to the penalty spot, I have to do my job.

"One thing I saw in the news the other day was that Raheem Sterling has missed his last three penalties. So, yes, it shows it’s not as easy to take a penalty as people say. You have to work on that, you have to be focused, you have to do your job. It’s clear like that. It doesn't mean Raheem Sterling is not a good penalty taker because he missed three in a row. It can happen. It could maybe happen to me but the important thing is to score and not to listen to what people say because penalties are part of the game, for everyone.

"As Ole says, we have really quick players up front. Anthony is one of the best players one-against-one in the box, Marcus is another one who is quick and has quick feet who can take the ball away from the defender at any moment. It’s normal that sometimes because of that [they will be tripped] and will fall and they gain penalties. It is what it is.

"People can talk and say what they want. But, for me and the team, the main point is continuing to do the right things and when we get a penalty, just scoring."

Liverpool have not lost at home in the league since May 2017 and Sunday's fixture is exactly five years on from United's last win at Anfield, when Wayne Rooney fired in the winner.

United are unbeaten in their last 15 away fixtures in the league and undefeated in their last 20 domestic away matches as they prepare to return to Anfield, the scene of their last defeat on the road in England on January 19 last year.

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Manchester United secured a vital 1-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday night to go top of the Premier League.

Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal in a hard-fought contest at Turf Moor, meaning United are now three points clear of Liverpool — who they face this weekend at Anfield.

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Victory for United alone would be seismic but it would also take them six points clear of Liverpool as they approach the halfway stage of the league campaign. Fernandes believes Liverpool are due a home defeat in the league.

"I don’t know, you’d have to ask them," he replied when asked if United could strike a psychological blow with a win. "I’ll go there to try to beat them, of course, I want to win the game.

"We know Liverpool are a really good team and haven’t lost a home league game for so many years, but we’ll go there to do our best and try to win the game as we always do.

"After, whether it can be a problem for them, I don’t know. Liverpool will be ready to lose one game at home I think. I don’t think one defeat would make Liverpool worse than before."