Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss not worried about impact of the Man Utd game on PL title race
Leaders Manchester United and champions Liverpool, the two most successful sides in the division, are separated by three points ahead of Sunday's match at Anfield where Klopp's side have not lost since April 2017. Klopp is not too concerned about how the result might impact the title race and says he has never given his players advice on winning penalties.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was not worried about whether the result of their top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United this weekend would have a say in the title race.
The German said he was not concerned about their home record or United stealing a march in the title race as there was still a "long way to go" in the season with third-placed Manchester City also in the running.
"Winning a football game, winning against United is enough in itself, it's not necessary that there's a special element that we have a home game and we want to win," Klopp told reporters.
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"I can 100% honestly say I've never mentioned anything like this to any player I've worked with," Klopp said while explaining how he felt hard done by when Sadio Mane was denied a penalty in the 1-0 loss at Southampton.
"It's not the player who should make the decision whether it is a penalty or not, it is the referee."
SOLSKJAER: FORM GOES OUT THE WINDOW
Solskjaer quietly confident ahead of Anfield trip
United may have found a rich vein of form in the last two months but none of it will matter when they face reigning champions Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.
"You don't get anything for being at the top of the league in January, it's not ever something we have valued. It's where you end up at the end of the season that matters," Solskjaer told reporters.
"You are always excited when you are going to play against teams of that quality.
"Form goes out of the window and it doesn't matter. When you go to Anfield, it's a big game for the club, the players and the fans. I'm looking forward to it."
Solskjaer will count on United's impressive away record - the best in the top flight this season - where they have yet to lose, picking up 22 points in eight games.
On the other hand, Liverpool have not lost at home in the league since April 2017 and Solskjaer said he hopes to cause an 'upset'.
"Being where we are in the league just gives us more confidence and it's a sign of where we are at. The game against the champions, who have an amazing record at Anfield, is a great test for us," Solskjaer added.
Can we go there and cause an upset? We are the challengers and they have earned the right to be champions. We want something they have. If you look at the results in the last few seasons, it (victory) would be an upset.
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