Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he doesn’t expect Manchester United to beat Liverpool’s Premier League title rivals Man City in the Manchester Derby on Wednesday night.
City’s trip to Old Trafford is their toughest game left this season – on paper anyway – and many fans and pundits have long seen this fixture as the moment when Guardiola’s side could hand the title initiative back to Liverpool.
However, with Manchester United’s form having fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, culminating in a humiliating 4-0 hammering away to Everton on Sunday, Klopp has admitted that he isn’t counting on Solskjaer’s side being able to take anything from Wednesday’s derby game.
“It [the derby] is not something we can influence, and it does not look like United are in a place to, either,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“What was the [United] score today? 3-0, 4-0, to Everton?”
“It is a normal game, a game they [City] have to play.
“We had to play that game as well and Man United was in that moment obviously in a much better moment when we played them, so it was a 0-0. So, on a good day maybe, it [the derby] is a draw.
“We’ll see what comes out on Wednesday, we have no influence on that, but we still have to play games after that.
“So, if United get a point or whatever and we win [against] Huddersfield Town, go to Newcastle United after Barcelona and think we have it halfway or whatever, then we will get a knock there.
“It’s all difficult, we just have to stay focused on our things – that’s what worked really well so far and I don’t see any reason why we should change.”