Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agree on where Man Utd stars’ heads will be at
Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believe their players will be fully focused on the job in hand when Man United face Liverpool on Sunday.
The two great rivals will meet at Old Trafford for a match unlike any other in recent history, with both sides facing distractions on and off the pitch.
Around 10,000 fans are expected outside the ground to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership in the wake of the European Super League project.
There are fears some fans may try and make their voices heard by blocking team coaches en route to the stadium, which could unsettle the players.
Solskjaer will also have to deal with the after-effects of any tiredness in his players after Thursday’s Europa League semi-final win over Roma.
United have had just over 72 hours to prepare for Sunday’s match, while Liverpool received an eight-day break following their clash against Newcastle.
Red Devils boss Solskjaer has insisted his players will be fully focused on the task in hand as United attempt to put a dent in the Reds’ top-four hopes.
He said: “The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They have handled difficult situations before.
“Of course, it was a strange week before the Leeds game after the Super League announcement, but I have got to say that I am not worried for one second that our mind is not on the football when it happens.
“I think you saw here tonight [vs Roma] that the players are fully, fully focused on performing.”
Klopp, meanwhile, is only interested in what three points would mean for his team, despite the fact a Liverpool victory could win the Premier League title for Manchester City.
Asked what he is expecting from the game, Klopp replied: “Of course, a very tough game, a very intense game hopefully for both teams.
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“We could see last night Man United playing and they are good, especially after [a] half-time talk. It looks like they were really flying.
“So, it's a tough one but whatever it means for other clubs, I have no idea. I didn't know until you told me now, actually I thought City is already champion – not mathematically,
“I know. But, of course, strange things can happen in football and I'm pretty sure United believe still in their chance and that's good.
“So it will be a game where two teams try to win it – this is a good start for a football game, I would say.
“Actually both teams have to win it, which is a good recipe for a good game as well, so let's see what we can make of that.”
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