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The biggest game of the Premier League season is here as Liverpool travel to Manchester United, a game which not only holds the key to our top four aspirations but also, possibly, finishing second in the Premier League.

We are just two points behind the Red Devils but are on top when it comes to the form in the last five games. The last time we faced our bitter rivals, it ended in a 0-0 draw and Jurgen Klopp will be looking to avoid a similar game at Old Trafford.

A win would be huge for us given that we have one of the best attacks in the world and the German manager was certainly not mincing his words when speaking in the pre-match press conference.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Klopp believes this is the biggest game he can imagine.

“It’s the biggest game I can imagine. Really looking forward to it. We need to be 100% to get something there. It’s a good moment to go there but they have outstanding quality.”

Klopp did add that playing at home is an advantage for them and that they do have a lot of experience but we too are in great form at the moment.

One of the talking points from Klopp’s meetings with Jose Mourinho has been the negative tactics taken up by the United manager but Klopp didn’t have a problem with that.

“I have no problem with defending. People say we play a specific style, they play a specific style. But it’s about winning and there are different ways to win.”

Counter-pressing Important Against United

Klopp did add that counter-pressing is important when facing United and even had a bit of a dig when he brought out the ‘bus’ term.

“Counter-pressing against a team like United is unbelievably important. There’s a reason why they have 2pts more than us. The big difference is we go there by bus – it’s quite close.”

Even though we have a better attack, our manager was not taking things lightly.

“They have counter-attacks and they play football. Maybe then there will be space in the back and that would help. They have massive quality. I respect that – but it doesn’t change our plan.”

Klopp did speak about the previous game but added that he would not be looking at that tie to prepare for this one as both teams have changed a lot since the start of the season.

“We didn’t play bad at Anfield. De Gea made some saves. We were 100% more attacking than United. The last game we played isn’t in my mind. They played games since then and we’ve done the same. It’s different teams, not just in terms of players.”

The German also added that the match would not be a season-defining one for us as a win would only take us one point above our rivals. What we would do for the rest of the season is prepare for each game, one by one, and hopefully, win each of them.

As far as team news is concerned, Klopp stated that Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson should be back in the lineup while Nathaniel Clyne would miss out as he is still recovering.

Klopp ended the conference as he spoke about Sadio Mane and Salah being two of the three most expensive African players in the world and that we would help the pair get closer to the Ballon d’Or if we can.

A win against United would be a perfect week for us given that we made it to the last 8 of the Champions League and hopefully, we will have a lot to celebrate at the end of the 90 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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Stats prove this Liverpool star is back to his best after win against Southampton

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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah scored in the 3-0 win over Southampton but he could have gotten a few more too. The Egyptian was unlucky that a goal was called offside and also had a brilliant backheel just going wide of the post.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last season but Sky Sports shared some stats that prove otherwise.

The forward is still some way off matching his 32 goals from last season in the Premier League but now, he has three to his name.

What will come as a major relief, however, is that the 25-year-old is getting into the right places to score. The forward was brilliant but that little bit of luck was missing when it came to his finishing.

He did score our third goal against the Saints as he reacted to Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and that just proves he is hungry as ever to get on the scoresheet.

Fortunately for Liverpool, we have goals coming in from other positions too. Joel Matip got one yesterday, while we have also seen James Milner, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum score multiple times this season.

Liverpool and the Egyptian haven’t looked as sharp as they did last season but that is a good sign for the coming months.

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The Reds are on top of the Premier League and once Salah starts banging the goals in, we should win games more comfortably.

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Stat proves Liverpool have made Anfield a fortress as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0

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Liverpool made it seven wins a row in all competitions on Saturday after beating Southampton 3-0. The Reds were barely troubled by the Saints as an own goal from Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring for us.

Joel Matip got the second before Mohamed Salah finished the scoring in the first half to keep us at the top of the Premier League.

The win saw us register our fourth clean sheet of the season but also brought up another stat regarding our domination of teams at Anfield.

Liverpool didn’t lose a single Premier League game at home last season and have continued that form in this campaign too.

The only concern for us has to be the draws at Anfield. Last season, we dropped a number of points despite taking the lead in games.

Everton and Tottenham were a couple of teams that pulled off draws at our home but this season has a different feel for the Reds.

This is the first time we have won our opening seven games in the history of the club. And we should break a few more records along the way.

Our next clash is in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea at Anfield and it will be interesting to see how it goes against our title rivals.

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We face the Blues next weekend in a huge Premier League clash as well and hopefully, the Reds will come up with all three points at Stamford Bridge and continue our march.

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