Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident that Manchester United have a strong enough squad to potentially do them a favour in their hunt for a top-four finish.
Starting on Sunday, United face three matches in five days but it is the midweek games against Leicester and then Klopp’s side which will have a significant bearing on who plays Champions League football next season.
Liverpool’s less-than-convincing 2-0 win over Southampton thanks to Sadio Mane’s first goal at Anfield in 2021 and Thiago Alcantara’s maiden strike for the club in the 90th minute has put them six points behind the fourth-placed Foxes with a match in hand.
United, who can still mathematically catch champions-elect Manchester City, will probably put out their strongest side for the rescheduled match at home to Liverpool on Thursday, raising concerns that the middle fixture of the week against the Foxes will see a weakened team fielded.
Klopp accepts that is out of his control but has faith in United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to put out a strong enough team to challenge Leicester, whose confidence is shaky after dropping five points in their last two matches.
“We have cup competitions and we have games and games and games, so we rotate and people always think we don’t respect the competition,” said Klopp.
“I think everybody is 100 per cent sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respects the Premier League 100 per cent but the situation is now like it is – and I really think it’s crazy what we did with that.
Klopp understands Solskjaer groans
“I think there could be a better situation than that, United has a weekend off after so three games in five days but then a weekend off – it looks like there could have been a window where we could have done something slightly different.
“I understand that he doesn’t like that, definitely, and we will see what we make of that.
“If Man United is doing it like that (playing a weaker team), we cannot change that. I think Man United has only just good players.
“I expect a strong team against us and what they do in other games we obviously have no influence.”