Klopp keen to avoid slip-up on media-created banana skin at Man Utd

SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING:

"On Sky (Sky Sports News) when you made a combined line-up (of Liverpool and Manchester United players) and you had eleven players of Liverpool and that's like a joke. It's like building a banana skin. So that's what everybody wants to see. We are, the world at the moment is a circus, we are in the centre. A couple of people want us to win, a couple of people want us to lose. It can't have influence on yourself or not. I'm not influenced by it to be honest. I'm 100% aware of the strength of Manchester United. I expect their best possible line-up. Four days ago I think Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) said no chance for de Gea and Pogba. Today it's a maybe, tomorrow it's a sure, 100%. Martial will be back all that stuff. That's how all these games are played. So, no problem with that. But at the end, I'm old enough, we are experienced enough to judge all the things in the right way."

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STORY: Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said media predictions that his team will swat aside a misfiring Manchester United on Sunday (October 20) could be creating a banana skin for the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford.

Liverpool top the table with eight wins from as many games while their rivals, the record 20-times league champions, have made their worst start to a campaign in 30 years to sit 12th with nine points.

The poor form of United's players prompted Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester City defender Danny Mills to exclude them entirely from a combined 11 ahead of the clash, but Klopp rejected such talk.

United could be without goalkeeper David de Gea, who was injured on international duty, and midfielder Paul Pogba but Klopp suggested that his counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was playing mind games when he said the duo may not play.

For all their improvement under Klopp, European champions Liverpool have not won at Old Trafford under the German, drawing three times and losing once in all competitions.

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