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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Klopp: It's the biggest game I can imagine

Excited: Jurgen Klopp
Excited: Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has stressed Liverpool will be ready to defend “with all we have” if needed at Manchester United today - even if it leads to accusations of “parking the bus”.

Reds boss Klopp, whose men are the Premier League's second-highest scorers this season, was asked if he expected Mourinho to "park the bus" in the Old Trafford contest.

The German said: "I would never use that (phrase) in this specific game. I have absolutely no problem with defending. I know how the situation is at the moment, what people are saying - they play a specific kind of football, we play a specific kind of football, and everybody makes a big thing of it. But it's all about winning, and there are different ways to win football games.

"It has been a big rivalry for ages but in the last few years obviously Manchester United were more successful than us, that is the truth.

"It's not a battle of systems or philosophies, it's two very good teams who will face each other. And when United will attack, I hope all my players are involved in defending to be honest, and if somebody says then 'that was parking the bus' in that moment, then we park the bus. I have no problem with that."

"But hopefully at the end, a positive result for us."

He added: "It is the biggest game I can imagine.

"We need to be at 100 per cent... if we are going to get something there. But of course, that is the plan.

"Man United have outstanding quality. They have home advantage, and it is our job to level that. It is a very experienced team, a very experienced manager, so quite a job to do."

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