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Published: 19:34 | 9/3/16

Klopp relishing 'mother of all games'

Liverpool boss looks ahead to Europa clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing tomorrow night's clash Europa League clash with Manchester United, calling it "the mother of all games".

The sides meet in the Europa League last-16 first leg at Anfield tomorrow evening and Klopp is determined to get one over on his old rival Louis van Gaal.

Although he feels that the Dutchman has been unfairly treated since his arrival in England, he will be showing no mercy when the teams line out tomorrow evening.

"I don't believe in enemies in football I believe in real opponents," he explained.

"I have absolutely no problem with Louis van Gaal but the last thing I want is for him to win.

"You can play your best friends but if (they are) in the wrong shirt for 95 minutes you can forget everything, all the common experiences in your life.

"Games like this are the mother of all football games."

But, despite the ongoing scrutiny over Van Gaal's future in the Old Trafford hotseat following United's defeat at West Brom on Sunday, Klopp has nothing but respet for the Dutchman and knows that his side will be severely tested tomorrow evening.

"United lost their last game but a few weeks ago there was a lot of pressure on LVG and Manchester United and they handled it well and came through," he added.

"If you listened to all the things you (the media) said and wrote you could think there were big problems and three games later they were close to the Champions League.

"We've played a lot of times against each other: he's one of the best managers in the world.

"I'm really pleased he could change the situation a little bit (at United) because with his long, successful career it is not okay at the end your colleagues give him, or the world, the feeling he had absolutely no idea about football because that is not true, he has proved it 20,000 times or more.

"It was a difficult situation and maybe they are not completely through and we want to make their problems bigger but in the end I am pleased for him he changed things a bit.

"He changed enough so now we can win again and we don't have to be sorry for Manchester United."


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