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Jurgen Klopp refuses to be drawn on the future of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is fully focused on his squad and is not concerned about Manchester United's recent poor form.

The Reds host the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon in what is expected to be one of the highlights of this weekend's action.

And the German says his players have to be ready and at their very best if they are to take all three points on Sunday.

"A game against Manchester United is a little bit like Dortmund-Schalke," Klopp said.

"You can play the whole season the way you want, but in these games you have to be prepared and you have to be there and show your best.

"I'm not too close with the news about Manchester United in the last few weeks.

"Louis van Gaal is one of the most successful managers in the world and has won a lot of titles, not only in Germany. He has a special idea of football and as an opponent you have to respect this and work with this information. That's what we do.

"Louis van Gaal and I are different, but that's normal – I think I'm different to most people in this room. I don't know Louis too well but we have met a few times and had a few intensive games, that's for sure.

"We both want to be successful and both need to do a lot of work to be successful, and that's what we'll try. It's a different idea of football but I wouldn't say we have the better idea, it's only another one.

"It's always about possession and in a few small things we are different characters. He has more experience; I am maybe a little bit more lively on the sideline! We have to trust our players.

"I have watched them this week, of course, and I heard the Newcastle game was pretty different. I saw a few games, of course, but the stories around I'm not interested in.

"Newcastle was a different game, for sure, Newcastle did really well and it was a special game. But United reacted really well in this game. You analyse the last three games for the information we need, not the last 10 – you cannot take this information and it's not important because they are different teams.

"We have to watch what we can find out, if something has really changed or if it was only because of the good performance of Newcastle. We have to see and if we find out, then make our plan and we'll play football."

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