Jurgen Klopp addressed reporters at Melwood on Friday afternoon to preview Liverpool’s Monday night clash with Manchester United.
The Reds welcome United to Anfield for an 8pm kickoff, with Klopp taking on Jose Mourinho for the second time since arriving as Liverpool manager.
With his side sitting fourth ahead of the weekend’s league fixtures, having taken 16 points from a possible 21 so far, Klopp will be eager to secure another victory over the Red Devils.
After a two-week break, the German returned to the Melwood press lounge to take questions ahead of Monday’s crucial tie.
Coming straight after the Premier League announced eight fixture changes for Liverpool over the festive period, Klopp said he was “not too happy.”
“We have less than 48 hours between our game against Manchester City on December 31 and in Sunderland on January 2,” he lamented.
“Maybe we can ask if we can have another time for us in Sunderland.”
Elsewhere he discussed the potential threat of United’s summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, while insisting that Wayne Rooney was still a “world-class player.”
Again, the 49-year-old called for a “special atmosphere” at Anfield, not underselling the importance of the fixture.
Finally, the manager provided an update on the fitness of a number of his players.
Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are all currently in contention for Monday night despite various travel and injury problems.