Liver­pool set for Manch­ester United at the An­field

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY DO­MINIC KING /

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.”

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