Jurgen Klopp says it’s not a personal battle between himself and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tonight, with our biggest rivals heading to Anfield for an 8PM kick-off – in what’s being billed as the biggest game of the season so far…
We can go joint top if we beat Mourinho’s men and Liverpool’s boss is confident that we can pick up the vital three points.
Mourinho is an enemy of Liverpool, but Klopp was keen to distance himself from the rivalry he also shares with the obnoxious Portuguese.
“I’ve said before it’s not Mourinho against Klopp – that would make the game much easier,” Klopp told LFC TV, cited by Sky Sports.
“He is a very successful and very experienced colleague. We had a few talks before the games, especially against Real Madrid.
“It was always difficult, because he always has good teams behind him I would say. (It’s) always a big challenge and that’s how it is this time.
“This is Liverpool against United, two good sides. We are in the race for three points and that’s the only thing I need.”
“We have a lot of things to do until the game, but we’ll be ready, that’s the only thing I can promise. We’ll try everything, I am really looking forward to it.
“I am quite optimistic because we have a wonderful opportunity to play a home game under the floodlights.
“It will be a fantastic atmosphere and trying your best in a situation like this is the best thing I can imagine when I think of football.”
For the first time since perhaps the 2013/14 season, Liverpool are favourites tonight, but that’s a dangerous position to be in…
As Klopp indicates, the atmosphere is going to be sensational, so it’s up to the players to feed off Anfield’s noise and start quickly.
If we can score first, United will have to take more risks, but if they bag early – they’ll park the bus and create a potentially tricky night for us.
We haven’t racked up a Premier League clean-sheet yet this season and tonight would be a fantastic time to start. This will need Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren to all have superb outings.