Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Manchester United’s superb start to the 2017/18 has been worrying to see.
Jose Mourinho’s men have made an effervescent start to the season, dropping just two points in five games and claiming 16 goals already.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have won just two Premier League games, conceded 15 goals in all competitions and were knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester City earlier this week.
And Klopp, speaking ahead of another trip to Leicester this weekend, has shamefully admitted that Man United’s successful start makes his job more difficult.
“Everywhere [is] the same but here a little bit more, of course,” he said.
“Especially when the Manchester teams are flying, that makes it even more difficult but I cannot change this.
“What I can do is cool the situation here down and do the right things again and work on the other things. That is how it is always.”
The German’s persona can be dangerously deceptive. There are times when, with the ‘gegenpress’ in full flow, Liverpool look ferociously good going forward and, coupled with his heretic touchline antic, generally do enough to pacify supporters.
But then there is the other side to Liverpool – the side that concedes 15 goals by mid-September and signs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for more than what United paid for Nemanja Matic. There are clear design faults at the club that Klopp has failed to address, and it will, once again, preclude them from winning silverware this season – mark my words.
Mourinho, on the other hand, has been ruthlessly pragmatic, improving areas that needed attention over the summer and always placing emphasis on adaptability, evolution, progress as a collective in all departments.
The Portuguese understands something Klopp doesn’t: that you can never stand still in the Premier League.