Klopp expects strong Man United squad in rearranged game

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he expects Manchester United to field a strong squad in the rearranged EPL fixture despite its hectic schedule.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the contest between Liverpool and Southampton. - AP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he expects Manchester United to field a strong squad in Thursday’s rearranged Premier League fixture despite the Old Trafford club’s hectic schedule.

United travels to Aston Villa on Sunday before hosting Leicester City on Tuesday. The rearranged fixture with Liverpool, postponed last weekend following fan protests, has been scheduled for 48 hours later on Thursday.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he may have no other option but to rotate his squad heavily because of the fixture pile-up. But Klopp expects a tough test against United, which is second in the league on 67 points after 33 games, 10 points ahead of sixth-placed Liverpool which has played a game more.

“I expect a strong team against us,” Klopp said after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Southampton. “I think Man United has only good players. If I think about the players they could play, they have a really strong side available. Midfield, wow. Up front, all good players. They might be young but they are good.

“What they do in other games, we obviously have no influence but we would have played the strongest Manchester United side last Sunday and that's what we expect now.”

Liverpool kept itself in the hunt for a top-four finish after Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara scored in Saturday’s win at Anfield.

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