Analysis of Jürgen Klopp's Pre-match press conference vs Manchester United (Video)

5th March 2023

Jürgen Klopp met with the media, yesterday at Liverpool's AXA Training Centre, before Sunday afternoon's crucial match against ancient rivals Manchester United. This is always a huge match but, Klopp underscored just how important tomorrow's match is for both clubs. Kick-off is from Anfield at 16:30 GMT/ 11:30 EST.

You Really Have to Go for It

The Reds have been in good form lately, keeping 4 straight clean sheets and winning 3 of those games. The recent run of good play has them within 6 points of the Champions League places. Klopp said, “The important thing about the chase [for the top four] is it's not a one-day trip - you really have to go for it.”

That suggests to me that Liverpool are going to come out and take it to United tomorrow afternoon. United are currently in one of those coveted places, at 3rd in the Premier League.

On the Game Midweek and the Reds' Recent Form

Klopp touched on Liverpool's midweek win against . He said, “[There are] so many things you have to do and that's what I liked about the game [against Wolverhampton Wanderers]. I know it was not the most fancy football game we've ever played, we had a difficult first half but a good first half actually. It was good.”

He went on to assess the teams' form in recent weeks. The Boss used the debacle against in the Champions League as a measuring stick. He said, “A lot of good things happened now in the last few weeks, even when because of the Madrid game it doesn't feel like that, but it was, so far it goes in the right direction, but we have to make further steps.”

The Damned United

Of course, the Manager addressed the impending clash with . The Red Devils are resurgent under Eric ten Hag, and the match tomorrow has all the makings of a classic. Klopp said, “Then there's Liverpool-United; I want to see that, it has to be like that, otherwise football wouldn't work. Then we have absolutely no right to exist anymore... people need to know and want to know what both clubs are doing.”

LFC Globe Verdict

It's United. The game has the potential to shape the top 4 at the end of the season. This is a big one. Both teams are in similar form, Liverpool, with 3 wins and a in their last 4 league matches. Manchester United has also won 4 out of their last 5 matches but the difference is United have won a trophy in one of them.

Their League Cup against Newcastle last weekend was their first trophy since 2017 when they won the . Liverpool should use that as additional motivation for this match. They should be on the same level as United, winning trophies and being in the Champions League places.

Key Quotes

Klopp on the importance of Liverpool versus Manchester United, “[But] in the moment when Liverpool-United is not a special game anymore then something went really wrong, let me say it like this. Then it's like, 'Oh, Liverpool-United... who?' That would be really difficult and really sad because obviously, I love football, I love the fuss we make of it, most of the time at least, and all these kinds of things.”

Video provided by: Liverpool FC / LFCTV

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