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Liverpool boss Klopp hits back at Solskjaer ahead of Man United showdown

Liverpool boss Klopp hits back at Solskjaer ahead of Man United showdown

Klopp closes book in Solskjær penalty feud

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has seemingly put an end to the ongoing war of words between himself and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, as the rival tacticians continued their spat over penalty claims involving both clubs.

The continuous skirmish dates back to January, after Liverpool were denied a penalty against Southampton after Sadio Mané was brought down in the area, resulting in a 1-0 loss for the Reds. Klopp immediately went on the offensive in the aftermath of the event;

“United had more penalties in two years than me in five-and-a-half years…but no excuses for tonight.”

The salvo was received and sent back by Solskjær earlier this season, who suggested that referees were being influenced by the claims levied by Klopp, leading to United receiving fewer penalties;

“We should have had three penalties in the last two games. A certain manager last year was starting to worry about us getting penalties last season and after that, it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give. I’ve seen a big, big difference since then on.”

But as the bitter Premier League rivals are set for another installment of the biggest match in England on Sunday at Old Trafford, Klopp volleyed back at OGS while seemingly closing the book on the matter entirely;

“Nothing really to say about that. In between what I said and what Ole said what he said, they had five penalties and we had two. We all know, come on, that we cannot influence refs with things like that.

But having the amount of penalties that United had before that was quite exceptional. They’re good, they go in the box and they have these kind of situations. But we have them as well and got not even a similar amount of penalties. That’s just facts, who cares, it’s done and nothing else to say about it.”

Note: All quotes thanks to This Is Anfield.

Liverpool & Man United meet in six-pointer

Despite the back-and-forth between managers, Manchester United and Liverpool remains the defining rivalry in the Premier League, and that rivalry is set to turn another page on Sunday when the Reds look to invade Old Trafford.

Liverpool (2nd) are already 4-points clear of United (6th) after the Red Devils failed to earn a three-point haul in any of their last three league fixtures, while the Reds remain the only side left in the Premier League that has not tasted defeat (5-3-0).

Liverpool boss Klopp hits back at Solskjaer ahead of Man United showdown

MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 19: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal with Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool FC at Wanda Metropolitano on October 19, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

With difference makers Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo both coming off midweek European outings that added goals to their season tallies, the headlines write themselves when it comes to Sunday’s showdown, but a Liverpool win and a resulting 7-point gap between the clubs would be a disaster for Solskjær, and his task of competing for major honors this season.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
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