Plenty at Stake For Man Utd-Liverpool Grudge Clash

Plenty at Stake For Man Utd-Liverpool Grudge Clash Photo: TT
Manchester United's Mason Greenwood, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp remains hopeful that the Reds can finish in the top four this season but admits they need some favours around them as he tempers expectations.

Second-placed Manchester United play host to sixth-placed Liverpool on Sunday, with both clubs having differing ambitions.

United want to ensure rivals Manchester City do not claim the Premier League title just yet, with a Red Devils defeat enough to ensure top spot as decided.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are in a battle to finish in the top four and play in the UEFA Champions League, sitting seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with five games to play including Sunday’s game in hand.

“Five wins will not be enough, for sure not,” Klopp said about finishing top four. “It depends how the other teams play, obviously.

“But without five wins we don’t have a chance. So as long as we are not 15 points behind and three games to go or four games to go, why should we write it off?

“United think they can still become champions - rightly so. Then we think we still can go to the Champions League, but we need results then in other games.

“We know that. Without winning your own games you will go nowhere. We are not that naive. We don’t think like that.

“We just have one game to go (for) and this is the most important game of the season. We play against United on the weekend, so let’s go with all we have, don’t think about anything else and make sure you play your best game.”

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted the fixture against Liverpool was a massive game.

“One, you fight to win the Premier League, that is the bread and butter,” Solskjaer said.

“That is the dream, that is what everyone wants but it is almost like another trophy: second, third or fourth because the Champions League is such a massive tournament to be in.

“You play against the best. There are loads of financial gains by being there. Last season, when we were so far behind, our aim was to get in the top four.

“Sometimes top four is not even secure. Arsenal and Chelsea could still win their respective tournaments and not be top four, so we have just got to do our job and get into the Champions League ourselves.”

Ben somerford
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