Liverpool set for Manchester United at the Anfield
Jurgen Klopp believes there is no better game to start his second year in charge of Liverpool as he called for Anfield to raise the roof for Manchester United’s visit.
It will be a year to the day on Monday since Klopp took charge of his first Liverpool game away to Tottenham, which ended in a 0-0 draw, and he hopes his squad can show how far they have progressed in the past 12 months when their most bitter rivals arrive on Merseyside.
Klopp, who was speaking at an event to mark the start of the “Seeing Is Believing” campaign which is promoted by their main sponsors Standard Chartered, had his appetite whetted for this fixture last season in the Premier League and the Europa League.
Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by a Wayne Rooney goal in January but they exacted revenge in the Europa League’s last 16 with a 2-0 first leg win at Anfield; they progressed to the quarter-finals after drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford.
This is a fixture that Klopp describes as ‘the salt in the soup’ and he hopes Monday will be a memorable occasion. “Both games were intense and competitive,” said Klopp. “We were better in the first game at Anfield. We had a fantastic atmosphere and the players were inspired by that. It was my first time at Old Trafford for the second leg.
“Maybe people don’t like to hear it, but there was actually quite a good atmosphere there too! It changed the game a little bit and it was real proof of what an atmosphere can do. United were on top but we killed that atmosphere with Philippe’s wonderful goal in the 45th minute.”