Jurgen Klopp has denied plans that Manchester United will go into the top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool as underdogs on Sunday.
This weekend, the Reds welcome their fierce rivals to Anfield knowing that a victory for either side will provide a massive boost of morale in what seems to be a wide-open Premier League title chase.
United would arrive as league leaders on Merseyside and will open up a six-point advantage on Klopp’s side if they could claim the first victory since 2016 at Anfield. Victory for Liverpool, however, after a three-game winless streak, will send them back to the top.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday that if his side were to win it would be “an upset and a shock.” “We’re the challengers, they’re the champions,” said the United boss at his press conference before the match.
Klopp, however, denied such claims.
“I was in England for five years, and United was never an underdog,” he told reporters. “Can’t they be? It’s exactly like it is.
[They are] always a good squad, always fantastic players, always very good coaches and managers. It’s always been there and they’re at the top of the table now. That’s the way it is.
They can’t be underdogs, so we play at home, just since they’re ahead of us, we don’t see ourselves as outsiders or anything. In sports, we’ve got to be dominant.
They generally turn the machine against us. They played 10 times with four at the back and they played with five at the back against RB Leipzig, so maybe they could improve that.
There is stuff that we need to worry about, not who the outsider is. It is Liverpool vs. United and that is a big game in itself.
Wherever I was in the country, I will probably watch it. This game is it! ”