22 Apr Liverpool News: Jurgen Klopp trolls Man United over Manchester derby
After viewing the Red Devils thrashed on Merseyside, the table-toppers’ supervisor severely doubts that an upset is on the cards
Jurgen Klopp poked fun at Manchester United by indicating they won’t have the ability to affect Wednesday’s derby clash with Manchester City on the signs of Sunday’s 4-0 hammering by Everton.
Klopp’s Liverpool are high in the Premier League table, two points before City that have a match in hand — that the derby.
Many have indicated the visit to Old Trafford is City’s final significant barrier in their title defence as soon as they defeated Tottenham 1-0 at home on Saturday.
United move in that experience in miserable shape, together with Sunday’s humiliating loss being a sixth defeat in eight games across all contests.
Klopp was requested about the value of the Manchester derby and he took the chance to have a pop at United.
“It [the derby] isn’t something we can affect, and it doesn’t seem like United have been able to, possibly,” Klopp quipped to Sky Sports after beating Cardiff City 2-0. “What was that the [United] score now? 3-0, 4-0, to Everton?”
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The German addressed the situation from his post-match news conference, also educated his players that they will need to just continue focusing on one game at a time, otherwise they might become complacent.
“It [the derby] is a standard match, a match that they [City] need to play with,” he added.
“We needed to play with that game also and Man United was at that instant clearly in a far better instant once we played , therefore it was a 0-0. So, on that a fantastic day perhaps, it [the derby] is a draw.
“We will see what’s out on Wednesday,” we don’t have any influence on this, however we have to play games then.
“Thus, should United get a stage or anything and we triumph [against] Huddersfield Town, visit Newcastle United after Barcelona and believe we’ve got it halfway or anything, then we’ll find a knock there.
“It is all hard, we only need to keep focused on our items — that is what worked extremely well so much and that I really don’t find any reason why people should alter.”
One sour note in the Reds’ win at fighting Cardiff was an overdue head injury suffered by Fabinho within an aerial duel, but Klopp isn’t hugely concerned about the Brazilian.
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“It had been very unfortunate,” he told the club’s official site. “Fabinho is OK, but he had a little shaky legs and that is obviously not a fantastic sign in the present time.
“It is a 100 percent’yes’ or move off; if it is 95 percent in that match in that place, we can’t make that choice [to stay on]. It is all great.”