Klopp gives postive injury update on five players ahead of United game

Klopp has selection issues ahead of Man Utd match
Klopp has selection issues ahead of Man Utd match

As he completes his first year in charge at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is relishing the prospect of facing Manchester United again.

The German lost this fixture in the league last year 1-0 in January but he gained a modicum of revenge by winning the home leg of the Europa League tie 2-0 in some style in March.

Despite only sampling the game from the sidelines twice, Klopp is well aware of the special nature of the clash.

"You cannot and should not ignore the special circumstance of a game like this. You have to be ready.

"The more interest, the more difficult it is, but the more excited everybody is. It will never, ever, be a normal game."

While Klopp was anxious to damp down the hype, insisting it was just three points available for this game like all the rest, he did confess that this rivalry was different

"Apart from the table, it’s a very important game," he said. "I know about the history, I like the special stories. The whole world will watch this game, it’s a big honour to be part of it."

As for the players, Klopp was bullish on Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, refusing to rule them out of the game while the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren are 'in a race' to be fit for Monday night.

He also confirmed that Joe Gomez is back in full training.

The fact the game is on Monday night is also a boost for Liverpool's players who were abroad for internationals, especially Brazilians Philip Couthino and Roberto Firmino, with Klopp saying that for players who had played and travelled so much 'every hour counts'.