Liverpool v Man U: A clash not to be missed

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho will be looking to outdo each other when both sides meet at Anfield on Monday.
Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho will be looking to outdo each other when both sides meet at Anfield on Monday.PHOTOS: REUTERS

Klopp seeks sixth straight win for Liverpool as they face United on his Anfield anniversary

LONDON • Liverpool's success over Manchester United in the Europa League last season have given Jurgen Klopp the confidence that his team can do it one more time when the two sides clash in the English Premier League at Anfield on Monday.

The German's outfit knocked United out in the last 16 of the Europa League last March after following up a 2-0 home win with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford thanks to Philippe Coutinho's stunning goal.

On Monday, the home side will have the logo "Seeing is Believing" on their shirts for the iconic fixture to mark Standard Chartered's global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness.

And Klopp says those words are also a fitting description for what promises to be a pulsating clash with Jose Mourinho's men.

"We are really looking forward to what will be a fantastic game at Anfield," the manager told the Liverpool Echo. "Those Europa League games were really nice. Both games were intense and competitive.

 

  • 113

    Number of goals Liverpool scored in both league and Cup ties under Jurgen Klopp.

    49.1%

    Percentage of wins overseen by Klopp in his opening 12 months at the helm.

    23

    Number of different Liverpool players to have scored under Klopp.

    20

    Clean sheets kept by Liverpool in 61 matches since Klopp took charge.

    8

    The Reds have come from behind to win on eight occasions - six of those away from home.

"We were better in the first game at Anfield. We had a fantastic atmosphere and the players were inspired by that.

"It was my first time at Old Trafford for the second leg. Maybe people don't like to hear it, but there was actually quite a good atmosphere there too.

"It changed the game a little bit and it was real proof of what an atmosphere can do. United were on top but we killed that atmosphere with Philippe's wonderful goal in the 45th minute. From then on it wasn't that difficult any more.

"It's a perfect moment for 'Seeing is Believing' because this game will have to be seen for people to believe what will happen."

The visit of United comes exactly a year after Klopp's first match in charge of Liverpool.

He has since transformed the side. The German led the team to two Cup finals last term, and following an overhaul of personnel this season, they are showing greater consistency.

Liverpool sit fourth in the Premier League - just two points off the summit - and are chasing a sixth straight win in all competitions.

United are sixth, three points behind them.

"It's been a busy, intense year," Klopp said. "There have been a few ups and a few downs but always with a really optimistic view about the future. I think that's what we still have.

"It's a job we have to do. We all enjoy working together and it's much better when you enjoy it.

"I've never thought about the speed or the tempo of our progress, I only knew that we had to get better - that's how life is.

"Even when you are good, you need to get better because the teams around you all get better too. To stay in the race, development is everything."

Liverpool and United fans have been warned to cut out their offensive behaviour during Monday's match.

Meetings between the bitter rivals have been marred by violence between supporters and vile chants from the stands since the 1970s.

Last season, the unsavoury atmosphere ramped up when Liverpool were fined by Uefa for illicit chanting, setting off fireworks, throwing objects and crowd disturbances following their Europa League tie at Old Trafford.

United received a similar punishment for crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects at the same match.

Now the clubs are trying to get tough on offenders and issued a joint statement yesterday that said any offensive behaviour will result in ejection from the ground and possible criminal prosecution.

THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2016, with the headline 'A clash not to be missed'. Print Edition | Subscribe