Can Man U snap Liverpool's win streak?

By George Davis, Mariah Ramharack&Lance Whittaker January 17, 2020

This weekend all eyes turn to the EPL where Manchester United tackle unbeaten Liverpool.

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  • Klopp discusses 'cheeky' fan mail after telling Man Utd supporter he cannot make Liverpool lose Klopp discusses 'cheeky' fan mail after telling Man Utd supporter he cannot make Liverpool lose

    The cheekiness of a 10-year-old Manchester United fan's request for him to make Liverpool lose prompted a response from Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

    Daragh Curley, an Irish United supporter, wrote to Klopp asking him to halt Liverpool's stunning march towards a first Premier League title.

    "I hope I have convinced you to not win the league or any other match ever again," Curley said, with United's rivals 22 points clear at the summit.

    While Klopp insisted he could not grant the plea, the former Borussia Dortmund coach sent a reply.

    "As much as you want Liverpool to lose, it is my job to do everything that I can to help Liverpool to win, as there are millions of people around the world who want that to happen, so I really do not want to let them down," he wrote.

    Klopp said Curley's letter was a good idea when asked about the exchange in a news conference on Friday, although he was slightly disappointed the private message had been widely reported.

    "I can't answer all the letters, and I get a lot," he said. "It was just nice, it was nice, it was cheeky. We had time that day, so I read the letter and I replied.

    "It's how the world is now that it's a private thing, I get the letter, I respond, and the next day it's in the newspaper. I don't like that too much, but all fine.

    "I have no problem with supporters of other clubs. I know it's a free world so we can choose our club. I don't think everybody has to be a Liverpool fan.

    "I like working for Liverpool and I like the rivalry we have, but I love even more if we can keep that on the pitch. Apart from that, they can be happy and we should be happy.

    "I hope Daragh is now happy. He looked it on the picture I saw later.

    "He's 10 years old. It came all together - he's cheeky, 10 years old, which I think is a nice age to start being cheeky.

    "It was smart, as well. I thought it was a good idea. Try it, why not?

    "We try to respond to as many as possible, but it's just not possible. At the moment, we're obviously in a positive period. That means the letters are pretty much all friendly, but we still cannot reply to all of them.

    "I think the people know that, they write, 'I know you cannot respond'. I read them, nearly all of them.

    "I do not open them - someone reads them before and gives them to me, so there are probably a few that are not that nice that I don't see. But that's all cool."

  • From sunshine to hardest rain - Klopp glad rare defeat felt 'really bad' From sunshine to hardest rain - Klopp glad rare defeat felt 'really bad'

    Jurgen Klopp believes the pain of a rare defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday showed Liverpool are a successful team.

    The Reds have not been beaten in the Premier League all season, dropping points only once in a draw against Manchester United, and lead the table by a remarkable 22 points as they close in on a first top-flight title since 1990.

    Klopp's men have their work cut out to defend their European crown, though, after going down 1-0 to Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

    Liverpool return to Premier League action against West Ham on Monday, yet the disappointment of their loss - compared by Klopp as going "from sunshine to hardest rain" - is a motivating factor as the leaders aim to bounce back.

    "[The West Ham game] is to put things right, just not in the [same] competition," Klopp told a pre-match news conference on Friday.

    "Yes, we lost the [Atletico] game, and there was absolutely no positive in it - we lost the game. But it's important, if there's any help in that result, that it was a defeat and it felt like a defeat.

    "It felt after the game like a defeat, it felt the next morning like a defeat. There was nothing, 'Oh, but in the league we are like this'.

    "What we said after the game, 'It's not done yet', is the truth. But it's not like we say, 'Anfield alone will sort it'. We have to put a proper performance in.

    "Atletico showed obviously a lot of passion, desire, stuff like this, for the result. They were fighting for the result, 100 per cent.

    "But to put it right is to get the other feeling back, the other feeling I don't think we have lost, about how a win feels.

    "We won a few games and now we lost it, and the difference is massive. It's much more than three points. It's really from sunshine to hardest rain - and that's how it should be.

    "If you really want to be successful, if you could be successful, if we could have been in that game, then it has to feel really bad.

    "So yes, we have to put things right, even when it's a different competition."

  • Henderson out for three weeks, but Klopp relieved to avoid longer lay-off Henderson out for three weeks, but Klopp relieved to avoid longer lay-off

    Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool feel "lucky" captain Jordan Henderson has only been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Henderson sustained the problem in Liverpool's Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid in midweek.

    However, rather than ruling the England international out of the run-in as Liverpool look to secure their first Premier League title and a second consecutive European crown, the relatively mild issue should see a return in mid-March.

    Henderson, who is considered to be among the contenders to be named PFA Player of the Year, appears set to miss the second leg against Atletico at Anfield on March 11.

    The Reds have favourable-looking league fixtures coming up against West Ham, on Monday, Watford and Bournemouth, although they also play Chelsea in the FA Cup and visit Merseyside rivals Everton immediately after the Atletico game. Henderson could well return for the derby.

    "It could have been worse. We all know it was a hamstring thing," Klopp told a news conference of Henderson on Friday.

    "There are a lot of different hamstring injuries around in the Premier League - Harry Kane, for example, stuff like that. It's not that bad.

    "He will be out for three weeks or so, which is not cool. But how we see it is that we're lucky."

    While Henderson's absence is a significant setback, Klopp feels Liverpool are well-stocked in midfield, although Xherdan Shaqiri is "not close to team training".

    "Hopefully nothing else happens," the manager added. "Hendo is exceptionally important, not only football-wise but for some other reasons as well that hopefully everybody knows.

    "Yes, we still have options there. That's good. There's a chance for all of them, but there would have been a chance anyway. Hendo would not have played all the games from now until the end of the season.

    "It's a position where we can react, so we will react."

    Liverpool have a 22-point lead at the top of the league with just 12 games remaining, but Klopp suggested he was not looking to rest players against West Ham in order to prevent further injuries.

    "I could [make changes] because, apart from Hendo, all the other boys are fit," he said. "But Tuesday to Monday, there is absolutely no need to do it. That's longer than we usually have.

    "We will see who will start and stuff like this, maybe there will be changes, but not because of the Atletico game."

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