In the latest Liverpool news, boss Jurgen Klopp has denied the suggestion Saturday’s encounter with Manchester United is a clash of opposing football philosophies.
Two of the last three meetings between the two great rivals have ended in goalless draws, with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho accused of being ultra-negative in his approach.
Despite United having home advantage, another cagey affair is expected as the Portuguese looks to stifle one of the most potent attacking teams in Europe.
Klopp’s men netted their 101st and 102nd goals of the season in the victory over Newcastle last time out in the Premier League before being held to a goalless draw by Porto in the Champions League.
Mourinho will hope to follow in the footsteps of his old Portuguese club by blanking Liverpool once again, with United having proven to be a tough nut to crack this season and boasting the second tightest defence in the Premier League.
Klopp has rejected the suggestion the big game is a case of a defensive manager trying to stifle an attack-minded coach, indicating he might be the one taking a more cautious approach to the encounter.
“I have absolutely no problem with defending. I know how the situation is at the moment – people are saying they play a specific kind of football and we play a specific kind of football,” said Klopp.
“Everybody makes a big thing about it, but it’s all about winning. There are different ways to win football games.
“This United team has a specific way of playing football. That is all. We have to defend there, with all we have, and not gamble and thinking we are flying against Manchester United.
“Nobody flies against United. They are too strong, physically and tactically, that is the truth. It is not a battle of systems or philosophies; it is two very good football teams who will face each other.”