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Jurgen Klopp has hit back at pundits playing down Manchester United ahead of Sunday

‘It’s a joke, it’s building a banana skin… The world is a circus and we are at the centre’: Jurgen Klopp rails against pundits writing off Manchester United against Liverpool – as he casts doubt on their injury issues

  • Jurgen Klopp labels pundits efforts to write off Manchester United as a ‘joke’
  • Pundit Danny Mills insisted that no United players would get into a combined XI
  • Klopp also casted doubt over the injuries of duo David de Gea and Paul Pogba
  • Liverpool go into their highly-anticipated clash with rivals United unbeaten 
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Jurgen Klopp has played down Liverpool as favourites against Manchester United ahead of their hotly-anticipated clash this weekend.

The two fierce rivals will go toe-to-toe at Old Trafford on Sunday and the Champions League winners are being tipped to continue their perfect start to the season.

However, Klopp has hit out at the media ‘circus’ surrounding both teams which could be a ‘banana skin’ for the Merseyside club.

Jurgen Klopp has hit back at pundits playing down Manchester United ahead of Sunday's clash

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Jurgen Klopp has hit back at pundits playing down Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s clash

Pundit Danny Mills insisted that no United player was good enough to get into a combined XI

Pundit Danny Mills insisted that no United player was good enough to get into a combined XI

Pundit Danny Mills insisted that no United player was good enough to get into a combined XI

Mills went with 11 Liverpool players for the combined XI ahead of this weekend's clash

Mills went with 11 Liverpool players for the combined XI ahead of this weekend's clash

Mills went with 11 Liverpool players for the combined XI ahead of this weekend’s clash

Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills insisted that no United player was good enough to get into a combined XI from both sides – something Klopp strongly disagrees with.

‘On Sky you made a combined line-up and had 11 players of Liverpool. It’s like a joke, like building a banana skin,’ Klopp said in his Friday press conference.

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‘The world at the moment is like a circus, and we are at the centre. I’m not influenced by it. I am 100 per cent sure of the strength of Manchester United.’

Klopp also had doubts over the fitness of United goalkeeper David de Gea and Paul Pogba

Klopp also had doubts over the fitness of United goalkeeper David de Gea and Paul Pogba

Klopp also had doubts over the fitness of United goalkeeper David de Gea and Paul Pogba

Pogba is set to miss the game through injury while De Gea may still feature at Old Trafford

Pogba is set to miss the game through injury while De Gea may still feature at Old Trafford

Pogba is set to miss the game through injury while De Gea may still feature at Old Trafford

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The German also casted doubt on the injuries of Paul Pogba and David de Gea who have been ear-marked to miss the encounter.

He added: ‘Yesterday, Pogba and De Gea there is “no chance”. Today it is “maybe”, tomorrow it is “a chance”!’

League leaders Liverpool are currently 15 points ahead of their old rivals, with United sitting 12th in the table.