Liverpool visit Old Trafford this weekend for their clash with bitter rivals Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his side can burst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s bubble. The Norwegian manager has completely turned the Red Devils’ season around since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December and a number of players are looking like new signings. Who, though, does Klopp think has improved the most?
Well, speaking to Sky Sports, the former Borussia Dortmund manager said:
“You never know in the beginning, that’s how it is when a new manager comes in.
“There’s a lot of things, maybe relief for players, for a few players of course because always when a manager has to go, a few players didn’t feel as they should maybe.
“But now, after nearly three months or so, it’s outstanding. I think Ander Herrera is in the best period of his life, it’s unbelievable how he’s playing, Pogba is Pogba again.”
You would be hard pressed to find any football fan who does not agree that World Cup winner Paul Pogba has been sensational under Solskjaer, but surely few would mention Ander Herrera in the same breath.
While Herrera was excellent against Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th round clash on Monday – he scored and put in a tremendous shift in the middle of the park – the exploits of Marcus Rashford in 2019 certainly overshadow the Spaniard’s.
England international Rashford has netted five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for the Red Devils as Solskjaer deploys the speedster in his preferred centre-forward role.
That strike-rate surely alarms Klopp, but he appears more concerned with midfield duo Pogba and Herrera, rather than the almost telepathic link the former and 21-year-old Rashford have formed in recent weeks.
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By name-dropping Pogba and Herrera, the German boss seems to indicate that he believes Sunday’s battle will be won and lost in the midfield – the return of Virgil van Dijk from suspension and the surely subsequent restoration of Fabinho in the middle of the park will therefore be of vital importance to Klopp.
Is Klopp forgetting about one of United’s most dangerous players in Rashford, though?