Manchester United players should ignore Jose Mourinho - Martin Keown

Manchester United players should ignore Jose Mourinho - Martin Keown

Despite sixth-placed United being 16 points behind, Klopp knows better than to write-off Jose Mourinho's side despite all the criticism being levelled at the Portuguese. "Whether they change the manager is another thing but every game feels like a crisis now".

"I don't think Klopp would swap any of his players for United's and that says a lot".

"You mentioned him [talking negatively] in public about certain players". But he might have his reasons for doing it.

I think Liverpool can end their winless run against the Red Devils, but I'm not confident enough to back them at such a short price.

Manchester United players should ignore Jose Mourinho - Martin Keown

It would be extremely risky to put in a Liverpool youngster for their debut against the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at the weekend, but Klopp's comments are very wise just for the fact his name is thrown into contention. "I think 100 per cent not", said the German. Mourinho is the most successful manager in the world and that's how it is.

"It's just hard. That's football tactics".

The Reds' tally of 42 points after 16 games is the fourth-best start to a campaign in top-flight history, behind Manchester City (46 points in 2017-18), Tottenham Hotspur (46 in 1960-61) and Chelsea (43 in 2005-06).

Matip will also miss the Man Utd game after being ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken collarbone that he sustained during the dying seconds of Liverpool's win over Napoli in midweek. But the kind of football they play is not the same when I was used to play.

Liverpool's attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are all yet to score or assist in a PL match for the club against United, despite playing a combined total of 855 minutes. Now you see United more defensive minded.

"I don't know how much you ask Jose Mourinho about players from us?" I just focus on what Liverpool are doing.

"But our style of play is there for everybody to see". The former Borussia Dortmund boss agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson that Liverpool v Manchester United is the English El Clasico.

Star goalkeeper Alisson, 26, has been essential to the excellent run of results, living up to his hefty price tag with a succession of clean sheets in his first season since arriving from Roma.

"When you hit the ball that hard, you're aiming for the target", Riise said.

"I always say I enjoy these places", he said. Phil Jones scored an own goal in Valencia because he panicked.

"I'm going to try", he said.

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