Liverpool head to Old Trafford this afternoon to face their greatest foes Manchester United in the Premier League.
The Reds cannot win the league this season now but can still have a big say in who succeeds them as champions as a win down the East Lancs Road this afternoon would crown City as Premier League winners for 2020/21.
For that to happen, though, Jurgen Klopp would need to do something he’s not done before as Liverpool boss – win at Old Trafford.
The Reds have certainly had their chances under Klopp over the years with a number of draws coming at Old Trafford that perhaps should have been wins, and it’d be nice to change that this afternoon.
Speaking to his press conference, Jurgen Klopp said on the record:
“Nobody asked me that yet! You asked me that. Nobody’s spoken about that.
“Believe me, didn’t we win in the Europa League [at Old Trafford]? Ah, we drew. It must’ve felt like a
win then! I know that we have to put a few things right but it’s not a problem. I’ve said it before – if
we want to get through whatever [we face], we have to win football games and the first one we
need to win is on Sunday and it’s at Manchester coincidentally.
“We cannot make any difference there. It’s not important – believe me. If you won there the last 10
times in a row, it doesn’t have a massive influence on the game you play on the weekend. The longer
you go without winning there, the more likely it gets that at one point, you will win there. And we
will try until it happens.”
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You have to say, though, that Liverpool are about as off-colour as they have been under Klopp – at least in the last couple of years – and so it’s hard to be really confident about a win this afternoon.
However, it’s the biggest game of the season in terms of fixture-size and entertaining the idea of a loss won’t do, so the Reds need to stand up and be counted.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.