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Liverpool's poor record in early kickoffs and post-internationals under Jurgen Klopp

12 Octubre 2017
Liverpool's poor record in early kickoffs and post-internationals under Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United are currently in second place in the Premier League table and level on points with leaders Manchester City after winning six of their opening seven games in the top flight.

Liverpool and Manchester United's globe-trotting squads must shake off the effects of international duty for one of English football's most eagerly-anticipated clashes on Saturday.

When asked whether Liverpool should have strengthened their defence over the summer, he added: "It's in any case a fact that our defending wasn't good recently, and we conceded too many goals".

Liverpool will be up for this match.

"Win or lose, United will still be challenging for the title". We don't control the game by having the ball all the time.

'You have the Manchester teams, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham; apart from Arsenal all the teams are stronger than a few years ago'.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has leapfrogged Everton's Ronald Koeman as favourite to be the next managerial casualty after his side's woeful start. He wanted everyone to know that the onus was on the home team's manager to open things up in search of the breakthrough.

"He can answer those doubters who are saying 'well they've not played anyone yet' and he knows that".

Coutinho in particular is a doubt for the game due to his schedule during the international break, although he came through both matches unscathed. "They were very cautious. They had only one player behind the three more offensive players". For while Klopp is a coach with a fine record against the best teams, in part that is because Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger want to dominate the ball.

"We tried everything, only with the wrong tools tonight", he said.

They are also without a Premier League victory over bitter adversaries United in their last six meetings but Mourinho says recent history will have no bearing on Saturday.