What Jurgen Klopp Said About Ander Herrera Before United vs Liverpool

Manchester United's Ander Herrera celebrates scoring their second goal.

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Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool this Sunday will be a battle of tactics. Both teams have been enjoying good form as of recent, although Liverpool has been cutting it quite close with their draws, and Manchester City is presently tied with them on points.

Despite that, Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that even a draw at Old Trafford will be a massive boost for the side, perhaps taking subtle cognizance of the fact that he has never won at the Theatre of Dreams.

United’s roster is what lends them this ethereal brilliance, and in particular, it is their midfield that has engineered a massive chunk of their tactical displays. Klopp is aware of this, and is wary of the same.

Speaking ahead of the encounter, the German revealed: “I think Ander Herrera is in the best period of his life, it’s unbelievable how he’s playing, Pogba is Pogba again. The work-rate of the strikers is unbelievable. They always had the speed but now they’re using it in the right moments.”

In fact, the comments were in the larger context of how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed the club.

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The Norwegian himself was all praise for Herrera, as he stated in his press conference: “He (Herrera) covers every single grass on the pitch. He does this even though it’s not his job and he does it when it is necessary. He has so much energy, passion and enthusiasm!”

Solskjaer went on to describe Herrera’s qualities of leadership, and how he acts as an extra spark for the other players on the pitch.

Speculation has been strong that the Spaniard has agreed to a new three-year deal at United, and perhaps all this praise is to tease the actual announcement soon. Fans will now be hoping for the midfielder to be at his apex best against Liverpool.