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.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.
The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.
“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.
“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”
The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.
“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”
The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.
The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.
“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”
The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.
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