Jurgen Klopp has called Manchester United’s tactics “strange” and says Liverpool must “protect” themselves against counter-attacking football.
Klopp once again questioned United’s strategy ahead of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Sunday, having accused the club of “just defending” whenever they play Liverpool following their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.
Those comments prompted Solskjaer to hit back by describing his team’s philosophy as “aggressive”, and Klopp has warned his side must be braced for a similar situation at Anfield this weekend.
“It’s strange when you play against a high, high quality team as United still are, and they play the way they play,” said Klopp. “It makes life really difficult.
“We had it with Tottenham. That’s not normal, how can you expect that? On the other side the counter attacks are of the highest level in the world.
“I don’t say they only counter attack but it’s a main thing they do. People may want to see that as criticism, it’s not, but it’s just a description of the situation that makes life for us more difficult.”
The United attack of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have outscored Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino this season.