Man Utd v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp expects Old Trafford ‘fight’

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Man Utd v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp expects Old Trafford ‘fight’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team are preparing for a “fight” in Sunday’s “special” Premier League game at rivals Manchester United.

The Reds go to Old Trafford fourth in the table and without a win in three matches, while Jose Mourinho’s sixth-placed United side are unbeaten in 15.

Asked about the game’s significance, Klopp said: “I hear it when I talk to different people.

“It’s very, very big – but my players know their responsibilities.”

Liverpool are eight points behind leaders Chelsea after Saturday’s fixtures and their most recent match was a 1-0 defeat by Southampton in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg, which Klopp said they should have lost by more.

“Because of our last game it is like, ‘oh my God, and now it’s Manchester United’ – but we will be competitive,” added the 49-year-old German.

“There is a moment when you realise this is really different, but we will realise too that we are Liverpool, so let’s show this.

“Everyone who wants to see a real fight for a result, yeah, watch it. It is a special game.”

In-form United are five points behind Liverpool and last time out beat Hull 2-0 – their ninth victory in a row – in the other EFL Cup semi-final first leg.

“Nobody is nervous, everybody wants to play,” said Mourinho.

“I am sure Jurgen is the same and Liverpool’s players are the same, so let’s make a big match. It is three points, plus the emotional side of it.”

The 53-year-old Portuguese recently asked United fans to be more vocal at Old Trafford, and he repeated the sentiment when explaining his take on one of British football’s most iconic fixtures.

“The fans understand the feeling better than I do – but I’ve been here for a few months and I understand the dimension of this rivalry,” he said.

“Now it is just a question of them trying to give us extra in a match that for them means a little bit more. They have to make us feel that feeling.”