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  • David Tyrer

From the sounds of things, Jurgen is well up for Liverpool vs Man Utd

In years gone by, since he first joined the club, it's often seemed like derby games or big 'grudge' matches against the likes of Man Utd got in the way of the bigger picture.

Not so this time though, as he appears to be well up for the match at Anfield against Manchester United on Sunday.

A victory over Liverpool would maintain our exceptional lead at the top of the table, and would mark one more match against he traditional 'top six' out of the way, with just matches against Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea to come in the final stretch.

By that time, the title could already be wrapped up, but nobody will be getting ahead of themselves before then. And that is probably why the match on Sunday is so important to Klopp this time around.

He told today: "It's a very, very important football game. Very important, like games against pretty much all opponents.

"That's how it is. We have to learn dealing with games like this in the right manner. We did not do too bad in the past but we still can improve.

"I think 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 weren't at our best. We have to make it more likely that we are at our best in a game like this.

"For this, you have to treat it like you treat all very, very important games for us. The next game is always the most important, so we don't make it different."

Having drawn our last two against Man Utd, since they hired Solskjaer, there's a feeling coming from Old Trafford that the Norwegian has Klopp's number.

In reality, we just haven't played all that well in either game. Couple that with our rivals' penchant for ultra-defensive, counter-attacking football against us and you have a recipe for a boring game of football. Something that's occurred in both of those games.

But that could all change on Sunday, as Jurgen wants the players to produce a special performance for the fans, as much as anything.

He continued: "We play all our games for our supporters, not only these games.

"The only reason we do it is because some people brought us together that we play for Liverpool and Liverpool is obviously the natural enemy of some clubs.

"We have more natural enemies than other clubs have – the reason is our history probably, how successful this club was.

"But we said it long ago, I said it long ago, we have to write our own history. That means we have to play the games our way and that's what we try."

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