Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has admitted he might “park the bus” against Manchester United on Saturday.
After the 0-0 draw between the two teams at Anfield earlier this season, Klopp suggested that the defensive approach United adopted would perhaps not be tolerated at Liverpool.
However, speaking at a news conference on Friday, Klopp admits there will be moments where his team will be forced to defend with all 11 players behind the ball.
“This United team has a specific way of playing football – that’s all.
“We have to defend there with all we have and not gambling and thinking we are flying when playing Man United. Nobody flies. They are too strong, physically too strong, tactically too strong.
“It’s not a battle of systems or philosophies. It’s two very good football teams who will face each other.
“When United will attack, I hope all my players are involved in defending, to be honest. And if somebody then says that was parking the bus in that moment then we park the bus – I have no problem with that.
“Over 95, 97 minutes, of course, we want to bring our football on the pitch as well and that’s difficult to cope with as well to deal with. That’s the plan for this game.
“I don’t think there will be a lot of space in a lot of moments. It will be a big fight — how derbies are in general. Hopefully at the end with a positive result for us,” Klopp said.