Europa League elimination could help improve Manchester United’s Premier League form, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Sky Sports reported that the charismatic German, speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Watford, claims that not having European football to contend with has not given the Reds an advantage over their rivals.
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Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce left United in third place in their group, increasing the possibility of an early European exit, a situation that could turn out to be “positive” for Jose Mourinho’s men.
“Maybe Man United will have it from January”, Klopp said.
“Maybe ask them. Maybe it’s not a positive thing [losing] and then from January, it’s very positive not being in Europe anymore.”
The 49-year-old also spoke about the intensity of the domestic game, admitting that he believes he now has started to think like an English manager when it comes to dealing with the fixture schedule.
“I don’t need a break”, the former Borussia Dortmund manager said.
“But we won’t have a lot of players here [next week]. With the intensity of the Premier League, we need to use little breaks.”
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He will have a depleted first-team squad at his disposal after this weekend’s round of matches, due to the upcoming international break, which comes at the worst possible time for Liverpool.
The Reds find themselves close to the top of the Premier League and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield to 19 games when they host the Hornets on Sunday.