Klopp: Liverpool not thinking of Man United tie
Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool are not thinking about their Premier League tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Reds will face their league nemesis Man United as they look to keep pace with leaders Manchester City. The Old Trafford encounter will have serious ramifications on Liverpool's title race should they lose. Klopp has now said his team is taking each game as they come and that their focus is on Bayern Munich whom they face in the Champions League round of 16.
"Game by game, you cannot think about it in a different way. If you ask Manchester United when they face Chelsea [in the FA Cup on Monday] if they already think about our game, I don't think so. We have had only tough months in this season. There was not one month where you thought: 'Oh good, only these opponents.' It's always tough and we have to be ready for that. We have to be focused 100 per cent on the game tomorrow night, otherwise, we don't have a chance. That's absolutely sure." Klopp said.
Virgil Van Dijk remains suspended and Klopp will wait to see whether to field Dejan Lovren, who has been sidelined due to injury recently, to partner Jole Matip against the Bavarians at the heart of the defence. The German though hinted that he will not deploy Fabinho at centre-back.
"If Fabinho plays [there] in the Champions League against Bayern Munich it's not an easy job. But we thought it makes sense that we don't leave our last row alone defending against Bayern, [so] it all depends on how we defend in general. There will be a lot of moments where we have to defend and we worked on that, we tried to work on that because we respect the quality of Bayern Munich a lot." Klopp concluded.
Xherdan Shaqiri will be assessed too before the clash to ascertain his match fitness.