Klopp calls Mourinho world’s most successful manager

Trent Alexander-Arnold out of Man United clash

Klopp's Liverpool have earned widespread acclaim but he is yet to win a trophy on Merseyside - losing in the finals of the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League.

United are unbeaten at Anfield in the league since 2013 and Jose Mourinho's inconsistent team may again take what is perceived to be a negative approach to leaders Liverpool.

Liverpool FC have failed to beat Manchester United in their last eight games in the Premier League.

Asked whether trophies matter in assessing the calibre of a team, Mourinho said: "I think trophies matter, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy". With United in sixth place and way off the title pace, the German boss will prefer that his side does the talking on the pitch and will be well aware that a big win would pile further pressure on Mourinho.

The Brazil global made a vital late save in the crucial Champions League victory over Napoli in midweek and is determined to secure three points in his first taste of one of English football's most feted fixtures.

"You can't do that against Liverpool and if they do, they will get blown away".

Liverpool's defensive injury crisis has gone from bad to worse after Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a foot injury during their win over Napoli in Tuesday night. This means that Dejan Lovern & Virgil Van Djik are the only fit centre-backs in the side. Nathaniel Clyne could fill in at right-back to make his first top-flight appearance since May, although the experienced and versatile James Milner may deputise instead. If any more defenders get injured, Klopp may have to promote players from the youth team or move the likes of Fabinho back into defence.

While admitting that Mourinho is "a bit different" heading into these types of games, the England global claimed it's done with the intent to win.

'I don't know what other teams make of our situation but we never thought before a game, because we had a few good results at home in the past, it will be easier next game, ' he said.

Martin Keown believes that the Manchester United players may be best served ignoring the instructions of manager Jose Mourinho, if they want to turn their season around. United showed glimpses of their swashbuckling best last week, racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time.

Mourinho is not being helped by worsening injury problems, with nine players either doubtful or ruled out of Sunday's clash. Mourinho has already confirmed that Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young will all start on Sunday. "It was in the last seconds of the game".

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