Monday night’s game between north west giants Manchester United and Liverpool was billed as the game of the season so far, however it turned out to be nothing of the sort after the two cancelled each other out in a dour 0-0 affair.
With Premier League action fast approaching once again it is United who have the tougher task on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Chelsea.
Liverpool won’t be taking their opponents, West Brom, lightly though, after the Baggies took two points off the Reds in two league games last term.
And Jurgen Klopp in fact believes they have had solid preparation ahead of the clash with Tony Pulis’ men after facing a United side the German feels were ‘more physical’ than his team and provided ariel tests to his defensive unit all night.
Speaking to The Guardian on Thursday the former Borussia Dortmund boss said:
“We are a football-playing side and Manchester United were more physical and stronger than we were with a lot of tall players. We did it well and I cannot remember there was a big advantage in this game out of these situations.
“We need to be ready again for situations like this [on Saturday]. You can always use a few things from the last game but on the other hand it will be different again. Defending these balls was important, very important in the United game and will be important in the next game.
“Playing football would have been important in the Man United game too and will be very important in the West Brom game. There is a lot of work to do.”
Even after their draw the other night, Liverpool are now finely poised to make a genuine challenge for the title this season. A win over a side they failed to beat last term, even if it is ‘just’ West Brom, may just go a long way come the end of the season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena