Jürgen Klopp can’t sit back after the quarter-finals in the top division. On Saturday, Liverpool will be playing in Manchester United’s top game.
Summit meeting in Old Trafford: Manchester United will receive FC Liverpool on Saturday for the Premier League top game (from 13.30 at LIVETICKER).
United coach Jose Mourinho and Reds coach Jürgen Klopp are two strong characters. Who gets the upper hand on Saturday?
In the 200. Compulsory match against arch rival Manchester, Liverpool wants to conquer second place with a win. And things are going well for the Klopp team, with only one of the last 20 league matches lost.
In the recent seven games in all competitions, the team has scored five goals without conceding. Slowly, the team seems to be getting their biggest problems under control: their defensive vulnerability and lack of consistency.
“We’re developing well right now. Now we have to go on like this,”said Klopp.
In the attack Liverpool is hoping for goals from Mohamed Salah. It is considered the best transfer of the season, came in the summer for 42 million euros from AS Rome and has already scored 32 goals in all competitions in the current season.
He is better than Liverpool’s last real goalscorer Luis Suarez in his best season so far and the most important reason why the club managed to escape from Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona at the beginning of the year without any major problems.
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Salah has a special motivation for the Old Trafford match:”I’m looking forward to the game because of the fact that I haven’t met Manchester United of the top six teams,”he told the English broadcaster Sky.
The development of the opponent is not quite so good. Mourinho’s team have lost two of the past five matches in the league, including Newcastle United, and will have to fear for their place in the Champions League following a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final at Seville.
However, with their last victories against Champion Chelsea and Crystal Palace, the team has shown that they can never be written off at any time,”We both want to finish second. That’s why it’s a big game,”said Mourinho before the match againstiverpool.
After the duel for second place, the match against Seville in their own stadium on Tuesday is about entering the quarter-finals of the Champions League. On the weekend, the team wants to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Brighton. Not only Liverpool is in an important phase.