Jurgen Klopp says Manchester United are ‘result machine’ in Premier League title race
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Manchester United’s resurgence under Erik ten Haag and believes the Red Devils are still in the Premier League title race ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday. United are third in the table, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal but with a game in hand. Ten Haag’s side have already ended a six-year wait for silverware by lifting the League Cup last weekend and remain in search of more trophies in the FA Cup and Europa League.
“Obviously this is not a team made for the next 20 years because of the players they have signed. It is for now – but now they are really good,” Klopp told Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“They’ve turned into a results machine. They’re squeezing out results with some really good performances. Top football, and even if it’s not going so well, they still get results.
“That’s why there they are. Everyone knows it, they are absolutely in a fight to win the league.”
Marcus Rashford’s career-best tally of 25 goals in all competitions has been a key factor in United’s resurgence.
The England international scored just five times last season and Klopp reserved special praise for the 25-year-old, who he previously praised for his efforts in a campaign to end child food poverty.
“It’s pretty impossible to be happy about something positive at Manchester United when you’re the Liverpool manager, but I’m really happy for Rashford because he had a very difficult last year where he wasn’t performing at the level he wanted to.” is capable of.
“Now he’s playing unbelievable. His pace, his technique – it’s a mix of everything. How calm he is in front of goal, he scores goals all over the world, he scores simple goals, he can get his head in All kinds of things like that.
“We have to defend it collectively. He is not their only world-class player.”
United were beaten 5–0 at home and 4–0 away in their two league meetings with Liverpool last season.
– Form Recession –
But the tables have turned as Klopp’s men have suffered an incredible slump in form.
Liverpool are 10 points behind United in sixth and face an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.
Real Madrid’s 5-2 embarrassment last week exposed the Reds’ shortcomings – the first time Liverpool had conceded five goals at home in European competition.
However, there have been signs of improvement in the Premier League, with Liverpool taking 10 points out of a possible 12, thanks to four consecutive clean sheets.
“It’s a week where I want to give the season a proper push,” Klopp said.
“I said I would like to squeeze everything out of this season. That means finishing as high as possible, but nobody knows where that will be. So we just have to take the next decisive step and we go from there. “
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