Your Liverpool morning digest as Jurgen Klopp sends a message to Manchester United, plus there has been a made claim about Cristiano Ronaldo
Jurgen Klopp has no sympathy for Manchester United
A manager coming in from abroad having been a success in their home country, tasked with transforming the fortunes of one of English football’s most prestigious clubs.
If there’s one person who can understand best the challenge now facing Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, it’s Jurgen Klopp.
Such knowledge, though, doesn’t stretch as far as the Liverpool manager feeling sympathy towards his Old Trafford counterpart. This, of course, is the cut-throat world of the Premier League, a place where sentiment rarely has a place when three points are at stake.
And Klopp has more than enough on his own plate as he prepares his injury-hit squad for the short trip down the East Lancs Road on Monday for the latest clash between the bitter North West rivals.
Like United, the Reds are still awaiting their first victory of the Premier League season having opened with disappointing draws at Fulham and at home to Crystal Palace, the latter of which saw summer signing Darwin Nunez become the latest player on the sidelines having picked up a three-match ban after being dismissed for a needless headbutt on defender Joachim Andersen.
The problems of Ten Hag, then, are simply not Klopp’s concern.
Do I feel sympathy? No,” says the Reds boss. “If it’s football problems, we (all) have problems. I’m not sure if you go now to Man United and ask Erik ten Hag if he thinks we have a few too many injuries… it’s not like this.
The sea is full of sharks in the football world. It’s not necessary that I feel sympathy. It would not help them (United), and it would not harm them that I don’t do it. We all have our own problems and that’s it.”
Wayne Rooney makes Liverpool prediction and Cristiano Ronaldo claim
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United could ‘snatch a draw’ when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Monday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side beat United 5-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture but Rooney believes his former club will avoid a repeat – as long as they do not play as badly as they did last weekend.
New Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag has not enjoyed the best start to life in Manchester with the 4-0 hammering at Brentford last time out coming on the back of a 2-1 home loss to Brighton on the opening day.
Rooney, who scored a club record 253 goals in 559 appearances for United either side of two spells at boyhood club Everton, has given his prediction for the massive match.
And the DC United manager has also explained why Ten Hag should drop Cristiano Ronaldo for the visit of Liverpool after rumours about his future hit the media this summer.
Play like they did against Brentford, and United will suffer an even worse result than their 5-0 defeat by Liverpool last season,” Rooney told The Times. “I don’t expect that to happen, by the way — I can’t see United winning, but I believe there’ll be a reaction and they’ll lose by the odd goal, or even snatch a draw.”