On Sunday, the Merseyside reds [Liverpool] go against the Man Utd, and Klopp admits the nature of the derby has changed with the times.
United may be way off the mark, but Sunday’s opponent Klopp believes the red devils have what it takes, and will make it to the European grounds for next season’s champions league campaign.
Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Sunday, at the back of 20 Premier League wins and a draw to pit the odds against Man Utd.
However, Klopp won’t underestimate the visitors, who have been the only team to nip a point off the League leaders in the season so far.
“United have a really good football team, talented and experienced,” he said. “There is a lot of good potential on the pitch.
“I think they will probably qualify for the Champions League this season.
“So, of course, they can beat us. But they can only play as good as we let them play.
“If we are at our best it’s difficult for every team. It’s our stadium so we have to make sure everybody knows that.”
Klopp now in his fifth season, and Solskjaer almost an eternity. Both managers understand the tow that comes with Sunday’s game. But the Liverpool manager believes the derby has moved on from the days before.
“In the good old times, you saw that it was a special game because everyone flew at each other and kicked each other off the pitch. But I don’t want to see that,” added Klopp.
“If anyone asks us for that, no chance. We want to win the game; we don’t want to win one little battle.
“We accept being aggressive in a completely different way to our grandfathers.
“If we hurt someone it hurts ourselves and not the other one. You need a clear mindset and an outstanding atmosphere.”
At Anfield, points, dignity, and bragging rights are all on the line, as Man Utd look to be the only team to match the leaders blow for blow in a rather daunting season.