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Jurgen Klopp downplays Man Utd’s chance in Manchester derby

By William Eldridge

Published: 12:36, 22 April 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think it is likely that Manchester United will do his side a favour against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The two Manchester sides go head-to-head in midweek, with City hoping to claim a victory that would see them return to the top of the Premier League table.

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  1. Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League after securing a 2-0 win away to relegation strugglers Cardiff City.
  2. Manchester City secured a vital 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
  3. Manchester United were thumped 4-0 by Everton on Sunday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continue to struggle.
  4. Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand on Liverpool and travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
  5. City are two points behind Liverpool as the Premier League title race looks to be going right to the wire.

City are in fantastic form as the season comes to a close, winning their last 10 Premier League matches, scoring 24 goals and conceding just three goals in that time.

United, in contrast, are struggling for form having lost three of their last five Premier League outings and Klopp believes that his side can’t rely on their arch-rivals doing them a favour in their hunt for the title.

“We have no influence on [Wednesday’s game],” Klopp told Sky Sports. “It doesn’t look like at the moment United can really… what was the score today? 3-0? 4-0?

“We know City will be ready. We just hope United will be ready.”

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“We need to concentrate on us”

Another Liverpool representative who believes all they can do is continue doing what they are doing is James Milner.

The 33-year-old netted Liverpool’s second goal this afternoon against Cardiff from the penalty spot to help secure three points for the Merseyside club.

Milner – who has two Premier League titles under his belt for Manchester City – believes that the best thing for the club is to concentrate on their remaining fixtures and pray that is enough come the end of the campaign.

“We just need to concentrate on our side,” Milner said.

“All we can do is keep the pressure on by winning games.

“[City] know they have to be perfect as well. All we can do is win the rest of our games, hopefully it’s good enough.”

Liverpool face Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers before the end of the Premier League campaign.