Monday 27 February 2017

Jurgen Klopp's comments about Old Trafford won't go down well with Liverpool fans

David Smith

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has praised the Old Trafford atmosphere
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has praised the Old Trafford atmosphere

Jurgen Klopp is idolized by Liverpool fans, but his latest comments might not go down too well with some supporters.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo an at event in support of the 'Seeing is Believing' campaign, the German boss reflected on last season's Europa League clashes against Manchester United.

The Reds beat United 2-0 in Anfield, before playing out a 1-1 draw in Manchester in the return leg to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory.

“Those Europa League games were really nice. Both games were intense and competitive," Klopp said.

“We were better in the first game at Anfield. We had a fantastic atmosphere and the players were inspired by that."

However, the 49-year-old then gave special praise to the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

“It was my first time at Old Trafford for the second leg. Maybe people don’t like to hear it, but there was actually quite a good atmosphere there too!"

However, to soften the blow, the former Dortmund manager reminded everyone of Philippe Coutinho's stylish goal on the night.

“It changed the game a little bit and it was real proof of what an atmosphere can do. United were on top but we killed that atmosphere with Philippe’s wonderful goal in the 45th minute. From then on it wasn’t that difficult any more."

The Reds will wear special 'Seeing is Believing' jerseys for the Red Devils' visit to Anfield on Monday night, and Klopp used the occasion to drum up anticipation for the visit of the Reds' biggest rivals.

“It’s a perfect moment for ‘Seeing is Believing’ because this game will have to be seen for people to believe what will happen.”

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