Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool side to improve in high-profile Premier League games in a clear warning to rivals across the top tier including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Reds led the Premier League table by 14 points ahead of the start of the weekend’s fixtures after only dropping two points all season.
That came at Old Trafford in October in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United which saw Liverpool dominate by having more attempts, shots on target and considerably more possession (68%).
Liverpool face United once again on Sunday in a huge clash between the two rivals and Klopp has opened up on where his side can improve.
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The German feels that the Reds have not performed well in games such as recently when they edged out Tottenham 1-0 in London because of the way their opponents set up, and now he has explained what his team plan to do in these types of fixtures moving forward.
“We have to learn to deal with games like this in the right manner. We did not do too bad in the past but we still can improve,” Klopp said, per The Independent.
“The game at United is a good example; we were not at our best in a game where we should be, because of the quality of the opponent.
“We were not bad that day but we were not at our best, and we have to make it more likely that we are at our best. The games were not games you would imagine for United against Liverpool.
“In the past, there were good times for Manchester United and good times for Liverpool, there was usually one clear favourite but both teams tried to win it.
“In the last years, the away games especially were strange from that point of view. It is strange when you play against a high, high-quality team – which United still is – and they play the way they play.
“That makes life really difficult. We had the same with…