Jurgen Klopp is convinced that Liverpool’s arch-rival Man United have a team strong enough to please Reds in their pursuit of the top four … despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side facing three games in five days.
- Manchester United today faces three games in five days, starting with Aston Villa
- They will then play against Leicester on Tuesday before playing against Liverpool on Thursday
- Liverpool are six points behind the Foxes with a game in hand in the battle for fourth place
- Klopp is convinced that United can put down a strong enough side against Leicester
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester United have a team strong enough to still do them a favor in a potentially decisive week in the race for the top four.
As of Sunday, United will play three games in five days, but it will be the weekday games against Leicester and then Klopp’s side that will have a big influence on who plays Champions League football next season.
Liverpool’s less than convincing 2-0 win over Southampton thanks to Sadio Mane’s first goal at Anfield in 2021 and Thiago Alcantara’s first goal for the club in the 90th minute has put them six points behind fourth-seeded Foxes with a match in hand. .
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League if they win every game
Liverpool are six points behind Leicester after their win over Southampton with a game in hand
Manchester United will play against Leicester on Tuesday before playing against Liverpool two days later
United, which can still catch math-elected champions Manchester City, are likely to bring their strongest side forward for the rescheduled game at home against Liverpool on Thursday, worrying that there will be a weakened team in the middle game of the week against the Foxes. will be prepared.
Klopp accepts that he has no control over that, but has faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a team strong enough to challenge Leicester, whose confidence is shaky after losing five points in their last two games.
“We have cup competitions and we have games and games and games, so we rotate and people always think we don’t respect the competition,” Klopp said.
“I think everyone is 100 percent sure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respects the Premier League 100 percent, but the situation is now as it is – and I think it’s really crazy what we’ve done with it.
“ I think there could be a better situation than that, United has a weekend off after so three games in five days, but then a weekend off – it looks like there could have been a window where we could have done something else.
“I understand he doesn’t like that at all, and we’ll see what we think about it.
‘If Man United does it like this (playing a weaker team), we can’t change that. I think Man United has only just got good players.
Manchester United will play three games in five days against Aston Villa, Leicester and Liverpool
“I expect a strong team against us and we obviously have no influence on what they do in other games.”
Liverpool remain in the running for Champions League qualification thanks to just their second home league win in 2021 and Klopp has set them the target of four more wins against United, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace, so they even have a chance to win. to stay indoors. Europe’s elite next season.
And he’s willing to sacrifice performance for results to get them there.
“Yes, the result is the most important, but usually the result is the result of the performance,” added the Reds boss.
‘This (Southampton performance) wasn’t the best game we’ve ever played since I was in Liverpool, but it was a game we had to play.
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‘We are not in dreamland and say that everything has to click again. Again, we didn’t take advantage of the first chances, we had really good moments and the last pass just wasn’t there.
‘At other times (earlier in the season) it’s not that important (but) to us right now they hurt.’
Southampton is still not mathematically safe after a 13th loss in 17 games, although the outcome of Burnley’s match at Fulham on Monday could solve that.
Despite the survival of their alarming slide manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl remains optimistic.
“I don’t know if this is the maximum we can do right now,” he said.
“We’re doing what we can to be competitive in these tight games and we have to take the last four games to get a few more points and then we’re pretty safe.”