Liverpool boss Klopp picks out one Man Utd star for special praise as he hails Ten Hag ‘results machine’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks Erik ten Hag has turned Man Utd into a “results machine” this season ahead of their Premier League clash at the weekend.
The Red Devils already have something to show for their progress under Ten Hag after winning the Carabao Cup last weekend.
Man Utd are still in the FA Cup after beating West Ham on Wednesday, face Real Betis in the Europa League later this month and have an outside chance of winning the Premier League title.
Liverpool moved up to sixth in the Premier League on Wednesday by beating Wolves 2-0 and now third-placed Man Utd travel to Anfield on Sunday for a crucial clash.
On Man Utd under Ten Hag, Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference: “They have turned into a results machine. They are squeezing results out with some really good performances. Top football, and if it is not going so well they stull get results.
“that’s why they are there. Everyone knows it, they are fully in a fight to win the league.
“That’s not really important for Sunday because we are there as well when we try to be at our best.”
Marcus Rashford has been in brilliant form for the Red Devils this season, scoring 25 goals in all competitions, with Klopp hailing the Man Utd star for “playing incredible”.
Klopp added: “It’s pretty much impossible to be happy about something positive at Manchester United when you are the Liverpool manager – but I am really happy for Rashford because he had a very difficult last year where he was not performing on the level that he is able to perform.
“I knew this would change again but sometimes in life we don’t have enough time to change it.
“Now he is playing incredible. His speed, his technique – it is a mix of everything. How calm he is in front of goal. He scores worldies, he scores the simple ones, he can put his head in. All these kinds of things.
“We have to defend against that collectively. He is not their only world-class player.”
Klopp insists Man Utd are a team for now and not “built up for the next 20 years”, he continued: “I really like [Bruno] Fernandes. His movement is really smart. I like the way he shows up, all of a sudden he is there.
“Casemiro is also linking up with Fred alongside him. The man-marking way they defend makes it really physical. They also have the counter-attacks and the other winger, whoever that may be – [Jadon] Sancho – and up front, the Dutch fella, is really physical, so it is a good set-up.
“It is obviously not a team built up for the next 20 years because of the players they have signed. It is for now – but NOW they are really good.”
Klopp says he would watch the game on Sunday if he wasn’t managing Liverpool, he said: “The challenge is what I enjoy most. I have mentioned it plenty of times.
“There are so many things much more important than football in life, but in and around these football games we all pull ourselves out – for a little bit – of this not so nice reality and dig into this game.
“I really like that – when football is the most important thing for 98 minutes or whatever. I love that.
“The whole world will watch it. I would watch it if I was not here. It’s a big game and I am really looking forward to it.”
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