Manchester United, according to Jurgen Klopp, will be able to cope with their fixture congestion due to one specific area of their squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lashed out at the decision to reschedule Manchester United's rescheduled meeting with Liverpool in between games against Aston Villa and Leicester, forcing the Europa League finalists to play three Premier League games in five days.
That could have an impact on the Champions League qualification race if Solskjaer fields more weakened teams against their closest rivals, which Klopp would fully understand.
When asked after the hard-fought win over Southampton if he expects Manchester United to rotate to cope, Klopp responded, "We have to do that very often and people never like that because it is always like this." We have cup competitions, games, games, and more games, so we rotate, and people always think we don't respect the competition.
“I think everyone is 100 percent certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respects the Premier League, but the situation is now what it is and I really think it's crazy what we did with it. I know there were no proper solutions, but I am confident that there could have been a better situation.
“I'm not sure; is it possible that United will have a weekend off after that or something along those lines?” So, three games in five days followed by a weekend off suggests that there was a window where we could have done something slightly different.
“But it is a decision, and I understand that he does not like it. We'll see what we think of it. We have a difficult schedule because we are now playing the final four games in a very short period of time. That is how it is, and we will see what we can come up with.”
Klopp also praised Manchester United's midfield in a single word.
“I believe we would have played the strongest United team possible on the original date, and that is what we anticipate,” he said. “There is nothing else. We can't change what Manchester United is doing.
“I believe Manchester United has only good players. When I consider the players they could use, I believe they have a very strong side at their disposal a very good side. Wow, midfield. All good players up front. They may be young, but they are talented.
“I expect a strong team against us and what they do in other games is obviously beyond our control but, as I said, we would have played the strongest Manchester United team last Sunday, and that is what we expect now.”
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