Ahead of his side’s Sunday evening clash with the struggling Red Devils, the German manager told journalists where he thinks United will end up in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that he expects rivals Man United to finish in the Premier League top four this season.
Klopp’s men will take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Anfield on Sunday as they look to carry forward their unbeaten start to the league campaign.
The league leaders have won 20 out of their 21 games in the league so far this season, with United the only side who managed to hold them to a draw back when the two sides met earlier this term.
And ahead of his side’s Sunday evening’s kick-off with the Red Devils, Klopp seemed confident as he predicted Man United to return to the Champions League next season.
Klopp says Man United will finish in Champions League places
United were in the Champions League in the 2018/19 season but a poor early-season form prior to the appointment of Solskjaer in March 2019 led them to miss out on qualification to Europe’s elite club competition for the ongoing season.
Solskjaer’s men have recovered after a poor start to the new campaign but currently find themselves 5-points behind 4th placed Chelsea with Sunday’s game left to play.
However, Klopp doesn’t expect that it will be two years without Champions League football for one of England’s most successful clubs as he tipped United to lock horns with Europe’s finest next term.
He said: “‘United have a really good football team, talented and experienced. There is a lot of good potential on the pitch.’
‘I think they will probably qualify for the Champions League this season.’
Coming into this Sunday’s game against the league leaders, United have a very good record against teams from the top half of the table.
They are the only side in the top tier of English football whose record against the top ten teams is better than against those in the bottom half.
Their record against Liverpool since the appointment of Norwegian is even better, as Solskjaer is the only manager Klopp has faced during his time in England which the German hasn’t found a way to beat.
Little wonder, then, that when asked whether his Sunday’s rivals have what it takes to beat his side, Klopp was cautious in his answer while also pinpointing how his side can prevent that scenario from materializing.
‘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.’