Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke to the press ahead of their clash against United and Jurgen Klopp seems to be really geared up for his first game against United as Liverpool boss. I love derbies. It is the salt in the soup. They are the best things in football,‘ he said. Both teams go into Sunday’s game having had an identical result in their last outing. Liverpool scored late against Arsenal in their 3-3 draw while Newcastle did the same thing to Manchester United in their 3-3 draw.
Jurgen Klopp today completed 100 days as Kop boss and has done a decent job for the Reds after taking over from Brendan Rodgers. But the game is more important for United boss Louis Van Gaal who is facing the sack if he loses. However, Jurgen Klopp made it clear that he thinks very highly of his opposite number ‘”Louis van Gaal is one of the most successful coaches in world football: he has his ideas on football and you have to respect this. “
Liverpool are currently 3 points behind United at 9th and a win will take them level on points with United. Jurgen Klopp is currently the second most successful Liverpool boss after 100 days but he wants to do even better. ‘It has been good so far but I want it to be good after 102 days” My record after 100 days is second only to Rafa? I don’t like to be second to anyone! ‘If my record is as good after 200 days then that will be good!’
“Henderson ok, Ibe ok, Sakho ok. Kolo is still in the ice bath. No update on Sturridge,” said Klopp.
Klopp wants to play out an entertaining and exciting derby
As a football fan, I like to entertain and that is one of the most important things. You can celebrate big victories and you want to play football that everyone talks about. That is what football should be. Football is not the most complicated game in the world. I like football because of the moments you can enjoy. That is what I like about football.’
Klopp wants Liverpool fans to be more vocal in the “special game”. “I enjoyed the atmosphere v Arsenal but I think we can do better.”
Jurgen Klopp is not too much of a stats man:
“You will not win against Man United because you ran 145 miles or something,’ he said. ‘You have to make the right decisions.”
He compares United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, to John Lennon
“He is maybe the John Lennon of football,”
Klopp admits to getting too lively on the sidelines
‘I don’t know Louis too well but we have had a few intensive games. We both want to be successful. I won’t say we have got a better idea. It’s not about possession or counter-pressing. We are different characters. I might be a bit more lively on the sidelines but sometimes that is not always good.
Klopp wants his team to perform even better
“To be successful, you can’t decide which game you want to win. We have to try to improve. If we take the right information, we can do better. If we can do better, we can do well.”