Jurgen Klopp explains how Manchester United indirectly sparked Liverpool title charge

Jurgen Klopp could thank Manchester United if Liverpool go ahead and win the Premier League this season.

As Liverpool aim for a 20th league title, Klopp admitted a goalless draw against United in December was the moment their season came to life.


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“I loved the Manchester United game,” Klopp said. “We didn’t win: it was 0-0, but that was the day our counter-pressing mentality took over.

“It was something I asked before this match. I said everything is good so far, we are new together, we have to find a way, you can’t ask for a counter press when you play with ten or nine men.

“You have to go through games in different ways, but before United we talked about it specifically.

“You can’t just take the ball and shoot straight at goal. But if you get it high up the pitch, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to finish.

“That’s definitely the explanation and since then, for me, the season has changed in the way we wanted to play.

“It was a really strange part of the season. We got results but I heard once or twice that ‘Liverpool are getting results but it’s not entirely convincing’ but I remember United as if it It was yesterday.

“It was the pre-match meeting and the boys kept their promises. Since then we have done it again.”

Liverpool stumbled against United at the time, who were hurt after being knocked out of the Champions League just days before.

Liverpool and United played to a draw at Anfield in December


Liverpool and United played to a draw at Anfield in DecemberCredit: Getty
Klopp will leave Liverpool this summer


Klopp will leave Liverpool this summerCredit: getty

The Reds were hot favourites, but missed the chance to take the championship lead with a point in a poor performance from both sides.

Nonetheless, they have only tasted defeat once since then, in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal and have also won the Carabao Cup along the way.

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Liverpool have been in almost unstoppable form since the draw at Anfield before Christmas, taking 30 points from 39.

And they did it largely with a depleted defense with Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Joel Matip all missing for or for large portions.

However, Liverpool find themselves second in the Premier League and one point behind Arsenal with a game in hand.

With the Reds expected to put the pressure on bottom-placed Sheffield United at Anfield, it would take a brave punter to put their money on this season’s Premier League winner.


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