Klopp says 'no advantage' to United ahead of crunch clash

Mae Harvey
March 9, 2018

Ander Herrera remains unavailable due to the muscle injury he aggravated in the Champions League clash with Sevilla, while Daley Blind sits out once more as he continues his rehab from an ankle problem.

Marouane Fellaini is edging towards a return, but probably won't be fully fit until Swansea City visit Old Trafford at the end of March. Maybe this will be the moment that Sanchez announces himself as a United player.

United have no suspension issues, and Liverpool also have a full squad in terms of disciplinary absences.

It's a mouth-watering match-up between two teams vying for the runners-up spot behind Manchester City - not to mention the considerable bragging rights on offer from this fierce rivalry.

"That's how our life is - do what you have to do and after that, start thinking about the next step".

Alexis Sanchez's starting position will be the most fascinating selection issue though, with the Chilean a possible starter in the No.10 position in which he finished the win on Monday.

In last Tuesday night at the home venue of the Reds, Liverpool drawn the match and so considering all the competition in last six head to head battle between the two teams, Liverpool remain undefeated to the Portuguese club Porto.

Despite settling for a goalless draw in an uninspiring last 16, second leg at Anfield, Liverpool eased past Porto 5-0 on aggregate thanks to a comprehensive win in Portugal three weeks ago.

"When they're in the mood Liverpool can open up anyone so they can certainly open up the likes of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof". He has kind of unbalanced the team because we had been playing very well with Anthony Martial on the left.

With the job done in Portugal, Klopp could even afford the luxury of starting top-scorer Mohamed Salah and club-record signing Virgil van Dijk on the bench with one eye on Saturday's vital visit to Manchester United in the Premier League.

"The season is not over, I have my objectives with Liverpool and I want to concentrate on them".

Not only are they the tournament's high scorers-and a side that domestically over the past ten games have been in better for than presumptive Premier League winners Manchester City-but they have looked increasingly defensively sound in 2018. "We have scored a lot of goals and we are confident".

With Jurgen Klopp making it clear that he and his side are already looking forward to the quarters and making progression to the semis their target, Firmino has made it just as obvious that Liverpool's players fear no-one.

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