Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes Liverpool are capable of challenging Manchester United for the Premier League title.
Solskjaer claims Liverpool are ‘still playing well’ despite losing their first home game in nearly four years when they went down to a 1-0 defeat by Burnley at Anfield on Thursday night.
The United manager does, however, believe his side have built up momentum – after coming from behind against Fulham to return to the top the league table.
‘They’re still playing well,’ Solskjaer told Manchester United’s official website.
‘I said it was the best time to meet them last week. That was of no disrespect to them, it was because it was the best time for us. We are in good form; we are in a great mode of confidence and momentum and we felt we could have won the away game.
‘They will want to go through in the cup as well. They’re a few points behind us in the league but they’re still a top team.
‘We had four home games on the bounce, now we had three away games on the bounce. You have to say, winning at Burnley, winning at Fulham and drawing against Liverpool, seven points – they’re decent results.’
Having faced each other in goalless draw at Anfield in the Premier League a week ago, Manchester United and Liverpool are set to face each other in the FA Cup against this afternoon.
Solskjaer claims there are no injury concerns within the United squad as he gave his team adequate time off to rest and recover after their fixture again Fulham.
He said: ‘As you expect when you win a game, everybody’s happy. We had to have a day off, or we gave them Thursday off because we didn’t get back until three or four in the morning. We had to drive up instead of flying up, the runway was closed.
‘So it was a change of plans on the travel back. They enjoyed the day off and today [Friday] everyone was back and smiling.
‘We’ve lost no one after the Fulham game it looks like. So everyone, more or less, is available for selection again.
‘I think it has to do with the lifestyle that everyone is living. Now, there’s not too much to do to use calories and energy away from home. You recover quicker when you’re resting.
‘So that’s been a positive. We’ve been lucky in training and games that we haven’t had injuries so far. We keep our fingers crossed that will continue.’
Jurgen Klopp on the other hand is dealing with a series of injuries within his Liverpool squad.
Captain Jordan Henderson picked up a muscle strain in the build-up to the Burnley game. It remains to be seen if the defender will feature at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Klopp will also be with Naby Keita – who has been side-lined for almost a month now. While both Diogo Jota and Virgil van Dijk are still recovering from two serious injuries.
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