Jurgen Klopp could find himself under intense pressure should Liverpool fail to beat Manchester United this afternoon, Jamie Redknapp believes.
Although they’ve won just once across all competitions since August, the Merseyside outfit have the chance to inflict a first defeat on their bitter rivals this season in a clash which holds much importance to both sets of supporters.
However, the Reds sit seven points off their bitter rivals ahead of kick-off at Anfield and Redknapp believes Klopp hasn’t improved the squad since succeeding Brendan Rodgers as manager in October 2015.
“It’s the sort of game that, for Liverpool, it can turn your season around,” Redknapp told Omnisport.
“I’ve played in plenty of games against Man United when, if you win, it’s a complete season-changer.
“If they lose… maybe the pressure starts to come on Jurgen Klopp a bit. I mean that in a nice way because… points to points, he’s not much better than Brendan Rodgers, if not worse.
“It’s an interesting game for him and it’s a game you do not want to lose against Manchester United, at any time of the season.”
One stat that does give Liverpool fans some hope is their record against the top-six (United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal) is very good. In fact, they top that mini-league since Klopp’s appointment and have lost just twice in 20 games against their main rivals.