How Liverpool left Man United trailing in their wake

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called Manchester United Paul Pogba'world-class. AFP
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called Manchester United Paul Pogba'world-class. AFP
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16 December, 2018

The Red Devils will be aiming to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at Valencia in midweek when they take the trip to Merseyside, but are expected to face a herculean task if they are to avoid another loss.

The arrivals of goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri added extra quality and depth to a squad that made the Champions League final last season and built on the £75 million (RM395 million) January acquisition of Virgil van Dijk as the world's most expensive defender.

As for United, they are now 16 points away from Liverpool and underlines their poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho.

United have won only one of their last five Premier League games and their style has been questioned.

"But I would expect Rafa, Carragher, Steven Gerrard I would expect these guys to be not happy with me if I say these guys are better than that team".

Liverpool are 16 points clear of sixth-placed United, but are without a victory in any of the past eight Premier League meetings between the pair.

We are nearly halfway through December and are just a little more than a couple of weeks away from the January transfer window.

The Liverpool boss was also cheekily asked whether he would like to manage the France global after several pundits suggested he or Pep Guardiola would get more out of the 25-year-old.

Joel Matip is one of a few Liverpool players who is battling injury at the moment. Reuters
Joel Matip is one of a few Liverpool players who is battling injury at the moment. Reuters

"I was never interested in the points of Manchester United and I am not today", he said on Friday.

"Gomez has been at Liverpool for a long time, he knows Klopp's system, he knows the philosophy of football they wanna play".

Klopp was asked whether he thought United were better with or without the World Cup victor but said he would not comment beyond calling him a "world-class player".

I played against a Liverpool that was European champion. They know that they need every point if they want to be champions so I think they are professionals and being professionals is respecting Manchester United. I just focus on what Liverpool are doing.

"The lads that haven't been playing have been coming in and doing a really good job as well - everybody is fighting for their place and I think that can be really healthy if you use it in the right way".

United left Anfield last season with a 0-0 draw as they took a defensive approach against a Liverpool side who, at the time, were out of form.

Liverpool have conceded just 6 goals in 16 games - including 6 clean sheets out of 7 fixtures at home.

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