“I could see Man United winning this game,” he said. “I think certainly on the back of what happened on Wednesday night, the atmosphere will be fantastic, especially at the start of the game.
“Man United at home against Liverpool notoriously, going back 10 or 15 years, they’ve had Liverpool’s number in the fixture. Liverpool have found it really difficult to win at Old Trafford and going back a long time, even the great Liverpool teams, it’s always been a venue Liverpool have struggled at.
“Even in Jurgen Klopp’s time, I think he’s only won there once so it will always be a tough game for Liverpool no matter what the circumstances are or the quality of Man United.
“But there’s no doubt that going into the game, Liverpool are a better team. They’ve proven that over the last few years and at the start of this season and if Liverpool play well, that could be enough to win. But even if they do win this game, it will be very tight. Man United have got great players, they’re at home with a great atmosphere against a club who notoriously don’t do well in this venue.”
“Whether last season gives the Liverpool players that bit of confidence to go to Old Trafford, but for me, it’s a completely different proposition and Liverpool have found it difficult historically really.
“We had a little spell of winning there under Gerard Houllier, but there hasn’t been too much since that really. From Liverpool’s point of view, they’ll want to put in a good performance, but I think they’ve got to start winning at Old Trafford. This would be the third game Liverpool have played this season against a rival, and they haven’t won any of the other two.”
He said: “In some ways, they may feel better than Liverpool, if you’re 2-0 up and opposition come back to 2-2 and then win 3-2, there’s almost relief that you never threw it away. But with Man United, maybe it’s a different feeling slightly.
“Obviously there’s a different level of opposition, going away to Atletico Madrid is a much tougher proposition than Atalanta at home in the Champions League.
“But I think there will be a great buzz about Man United going into the game with the crowd. I think in the opening 10 or 15 minutes, you’ll see that from Man United. They’ll want to take that and make a good start in the game.”
Klopp: “We All Know What They Are Capable Of”.
Liverpool manager Kloop speaking on United said: “Man Utd are not overly happy with the results they’ve got so far but we all know they are able to do incredible stuff.”
“There was not one second where I was rubbing my hands. Atalanta caused United some problems in the first half but even then United had three clear-cut chances.
“I prepare the team for a tough game against a really good opponent. I have been preparing them for the last three days about Man United, Battle of Britain, all these things. We have been long enough together to know the importance of this game.”
Ronaldo VS Salah?
“Why should you compare them?” asked Klopp. “They’re obviously both world-class players.
“While Ronaldo’s left foot is not bad, Mo’s is probably better. Then maybe Ronaldo in the air and on his right foot is probably better. Speed-wise they are both pretty quick, very desperate to score goals.
“Maybe that’s it, I’ve not really thought about that. I’m not too interested in it, sorry.”
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