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final push Jurgen Klopp on the Old Trafford protests as he admits top four push is a long shot


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Lee Smith/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Lee Smith/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Lee Smith/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed the right of Manchester United fans to protest against the club's owners, as he gave his first comments on last Sunday's game at Old Trafford being abandoned.

United fans got into the stadium and forced the postponement of the match, with Klopp suggesting some fans went to far in an effort to make their point.

"I heard some police were injured and these things should not happen," he stated. "It was not completely peaceful and then it was not right anymore. You shouldn’t break down the doors.

"Then we got told the game was postponed. We saw some pictures to see what was going on. Was I surprised to see it happen? No. I am a believer in democracy. I am happy for people to say their opinion, but I know this doesn't happen often that no-one is hurt."

United now face a hectic run of three matches in six days that will culminate with the re-arranged game against Liverpool on Thursday and Klopp admits the schedule faced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is too challenging.

"Yes, of course, I feel sympathy – it’s not how it should be. But it’s not good for us as well, to be honest," he stated.

"I would have preferred to have played the game last week. Now we have five games in the last two weeks, so that’s not really cool as well, but it is like it is. Nothing to complain about or whatever, it is just the situation."

Klopp went on to look ahead to Saturday evening's game against Southampton at Anfield, as he admitted his side's hopes of finding a path that will lead to a top four finish in the Premier League is looking increasingly challenging.

"I am not sure there is still a chance but we will try and if there is one, we will be there, for sure," he stated.

"Could we be fifth or fourth and not seventh? Yes, we could have done better in specific moments, but dealing with injuries was the biggest challenge."

The postponement at Old Trafford allowed centre-back Nat Phillips another week to get fit and he is likely to return to the side to face Southampton on Saturday.

Klopp also revealed captain Jordan Henderson, out since February after a groin operation, has stepped up his comeback.

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"The injury situation, nothing is really new. We have a few bumps and bruises, we have to make late decisions in a few positions,” added Klopp.

"While we are sitting here (in the press conference) Hendo is running outside. That's all I can say, nothing else. He's not in team training yet and that's it pretty much.”

On Phillips he said: "Yes, the week helped him for sure. Absolutely. He was fit yesterday."

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