Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits his side face a must-see match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Klopp believes United’s efforts in the Europa League on Thursday give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a tall order to prepare his side for the Premier League clash on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
United beat Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, with Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes all thriving in attack.
Klopp says he thinks United will be desperate to win because they still believe they have a chance to propel Manchester City to the title, but insists Liverpool himself have to take three points if they want have a chance to finish in the top four.
When asked if Liverpool should win at Old Trafford, Klopp replied: “More than 100 percent. Without winning games we have no chance of having European football.”
Commenting on United’s form and game congestion, he added: “When you play Thursday and Sunday every week you get used to it, but that doesn’t improve it.
“It’s a tough challenge for them. Friday is the recovery, the second recovery on Saturday and then they play. They have no chance to change things but I don’t think they really want it for. the moment.
“It will be a tough, intense game. We watched United last night and they are good!
“Especially when you let them play. They were flying. I’m pretty sure United still think they have a chance. [for the title]. Both teams have to win it, which is a good recipe for the game. “
Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have all started running as part of their recovery programs, but Klopp says none of the four are any closer to a return to full training.
Asked about Van Dijk’s return, he replied: “I don’t have enough English words to say the same thing so often.
“Yes, he runs like Hendo, Joe and Joel. Rehabilitation always starts with straight-line racing. Lots of things to come, lots of steps before you’re finally ready to join team training.”
“ Failure of CL qualification will not harm transfers or contracts ”
Klopp insists that not qualifying for the Champions League next season won’t significantly affect his summer transfer plans.
The Liverpool boss says he already knew money would be tight after a year of the coronavirus pandemic, which the club say will cost them £ 120million by the time fans return to the pitch.
Their latest accounts released this week showed the club suffered a pre-tax loss of £ 46million for the year ending May 30, 2020 and that there are further financial difficulties ahead.
So not being in the top four won’t change Klopp’s plans much.
“Playing in the Champions League is huge, especially financially. If we can’t do it, it’s certainly not good, but I don’t think it will change anything,” he said declared.
“The situation is difficult before, it will be difficult after.”
Carra’s Man Utd vs Liverpool preview
After what he described as an ‘unacceptable’ performance in the draw at Newcastle last time around, Jamie Carragher explains what Liverpool need to do on his must-see trip to Manchester United this Sunday to keep his top four prospects in life.
The Sky Sports expert joined Peter Smith on the pitch to post a preview podcast to anticipate the big game at Old Trafford – which you can watch live on Sky Sports – and also explained why he thinks United isn’t. only a few signatures. being serious contenders for the Premier League title next season.
Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to post a podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox