Jurgen Klopp disagreed with Paul Scholes’ claim that Manchester United’s performance against Atalanta would have the Liverpool boss looking forward to Sunday’s clash.
United come into the Premier League match following their Champions League win on Wednesday. However, they had to work for the three points, coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
The Red Devils may have won, but Scholes insisted that he saw “worrying signs” from their first-half display.
He added that Klopp would be “rubbing his hands together” at seeing United go two down before the break.
Asked about the comments in Friday’s pre-match press conference, Klopp rejected such a notion.
He said: “I was watching the game and there was not one second where I was rubbing my hands.
“If you watch the game, you could obviously see that Atalanta caused United some first-half problems. But even in that half, United had three clear-cut chances and one situation with the goalkeeper.
“So all the things in the second was the pure power and presentation of United.
“They went for it and with the quality they have, they can cause any team problems, especially when you stop playing football like Atalanta did.
“So no, I was not rubbing my hands. I prepare the team for a tough game against a really good opponent. And it’s an away game for us and a home game for them.”
Klopp offers Liverpool injury update
Klopp may have some thinking to do ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, especially in midfield.
Naby Keita scored a volley against Atletico, but he came off at half time as his manager wanted more defensive stability.
As for who could come in alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put in a strong display from the bench in Madrid. James Milner is also an option.
However, Curtis Jones could be back after a recent knock. Thiago Alcantara continues to nurse his calf injury, though.
Liverpool won 4-2 at Old Trafford last season, when Roberto Firmino’s brace helped Liverpool come from behind to win.