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Klopp: You can’t compare Solskjaer’s Man United start to me

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Jurgen Klopp rejected comparisons between the under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s start at Manchester United and his own one at Liverpool.

Since Solskjaer signed a three-year contract in March, the past seven months have been nothing but disastrous for United with only five wins in their last 21 games. Klopp, on the other hand, led Liverpool to the Champions League title.

The German, though, was given time to implement his methods following his arrival at Anfield in October 2015.

And a new interesting stat emerged on Friday claiming that Solskjaer’s tally of 49 points in his first 29 Premier League games in charge of United was two points better than Klopp’s own start for Liverpool.

“It was not much different for me,” said Klopp on ESPN.

“If you asked after those 29 games, I’m sure there was not 100 per cent agreement that I was the perfect manager for Liverpool. That’s how it is.

“If there was doubt internally [about Solskjaer], that would be bad but as long as it’s only externally, that’s not important. It’s not important what you write. It’s important what the board, [Ed] Woodward and the Glazer family tell him. I have no clue and no opinion.

“I want every manager in the world to have as much time as they can get to bring through their ideas, but you can never compare situations.”

When asked if he had any pointers for Solskjaer, a bemused Klopp replied: “No. He doesn’t need it.

“He was at the club for 10-15 years, he knows everything there, he has experience in football. He knows what he has to do. It just has to work out, how it has to for all of us.

“That’s why so many of us get the sack, because if someone internally loses the patience, then we have to go. From my point of view, it looks like he is settled there. They all knew it was a difficult job.

“Nobody loses to you because you are Liverpool or Manchester United, it’s about what you do on the pitch. Opponents are all on their toes and motivated when you come there. That’s part of a big challenge we face.

“You don’t have to worry about Ole, he is in a big position and has the chance to win the game on the weekend. We want to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Klopp was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, which starts at 17:30 (CET).

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United react during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on February 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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