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‘The 7-0 was a freak result’, Klopp refusing to underestimate Manchester United

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his players to not understatement their rivals Manchester United, despite their poor results.

Liverpool will host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, their first meeting since a 7-0 win at Anfield last season.

Man United has lost half of their 24 games in all competitions this season, and Eric ten Hag is under massive pressure. However, Klopp insists their 7-0 win over them last season was a freak result and that Man United will still be a tough opponent.

“I never like when the headlines are about United not being great before we play because it’s like, ‘OK, then this is the game where they can put everything right’,” Klopp said in his news conference ahead of the game.

Klopp: The 7-0 Was a Freak Result

He added: “I don’t follow United closely enough to know exactly what the problem is there. but I saw Erik ten Hag was manager of the month last month. I saw they were the team in form so how can it be all wrong? I just don’t understand it.

“We knew that day that the 7-0 was a freak result that happens once in a lifetime. If it helps anybody for the next game, then it is the team who lost 7-0, not the team who won 7-0.

“If you take it all out of consideration then we just play a football game against the rival, the historical rival, of Liverpool FC, at home at Anfield. That itself must make it a special game and that’s what I want to see from us — a special game.”

Liverpool is at the top of the table after 16 matches, one point ahead of Arsenal. Klopp believes their upcoming games against Manchester United, Arsenal, and Newcastle will show their true level.

We never had a December together, let me say it like that, and a December in English football is the toughest month ever. And that’s where we now have to show how far we are with that,” he said.

“I’m not sure what the other schedules are but that is the worst you can get and that is why we made the changes tonight. From now on they are all finals. That is how it is.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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