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Mourinho: Liverpool v Man Utd timing a 'poisoned gift'

Man United have a busy schedule. Credit: PA

Manchester United have been given a "poisoned gift" of a fixture schedule when the Europa League resumes, yet Jose Mourinho will not allow any let-up when Fenerbahce arrive in between clashes with Liverpool and Chelsea.

A fortnight on from losing their Group A opener at Feyenoord, the United manager highlighted the importance of securing victory against relatively unknown Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford.

The Ukrainians made life tough but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's close-range header secured a 1-0 win, kick-starting a campaign that continues in October at home to Fenerbahce.

The Turkish giants arrive three days after United travel to rivals Liverpool for a fascinating Monday night Premier League clash, with the Europa League clash bookended by Mourinho's first return to Chelsea on the Sunday.

The United manager said:

Well, we could play Liverpool on the Saturday, we could play Liverpool on the Sunday. We play Liverpool on the Monday. So maybe we don't have the best conditions, especially because we play against two top Premier League games that don't play in European competitions.

We had this kind of poisoned gift of playing on the Monday. That creates a very difficult situation, but we want to try and qualify for the next round. We want to try.

(There is a) long time to go, almost a month, but we want to try, so we will play against Fenerbahce with a team with possibilities to beat Fenerbahce.

– Man United manager Jose Mourinho


Klopp: 'We could have done better'

Klopp was happy with Liverpool's win but still sees room for improvement Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was satisfied with the 5-1 win over 10-man Hull but was still slightly disappointed the performance fizzled out in the second half.

"The first half was brilliant, that was how football should be if you are able to do it," Klopp said.

"In the first few minutes you could really see how strong we could be in counter-attacks.

"I was a little bit surprised of the speed and power of these situations.

"The most impressive thing today was the counter-pressing: I think it was the best game we played in counter-pressing until now.

"Second half was not as exciting, still good but not at 100 per cent of concentration.

"I don't want to criticise but I think we could have done better in the second half.

"It was good, but not as good as it could have been.

"We have a lot of things to improve and one is that if you are brilliant you need to be brilliant for 95 minutes."

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Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool players to be 'angry'

Klopp wants his players to give everything they have against Hull. Credit: Reuters

Jurgen Klopp has challenged his Liverpool players "to be angry" when Hull City visit Anfield in the Premier League this weekend.

The Reds have recovered from a disappointing defeat at Burnley in August to win two games and draw one [away at White Hart Lane], lifting them to 6th in the table.

While Liverpool's performances against stiff opposition have tended to be positive under Klopp, there remains a question mark against them when teams with less quality sit back and frustrate them.

Klopp believes the key to his team dealing with this challenge successfully lies with the preparation and mentality of the players.

He said:

We need to be angry [against Hull]. They want our points. We have to think about why people think we have problems against bus-parking. I don’t know why people think we have problems with this? I didn’t see too much space against Chelsea.

It will be difficult, but if we accept before that it is difficult then we can perform and that is what we should do. We have to go to Anfield on Saturday afternoon in the most positive mood we have ever been in. I know we will be ready.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Lovren: Too early to talk about Liverpool as title contenders

Lovren is all around. Credit: PA

Dejan Lovren insists it is too early to consider Liverpool as Premier League title contenders despite their impressive start to the season.

The Croatia defender notched his first league goal for the Reds in Friday night's 2-1 win at Chelsea, with captain Jordan Henderson scoring a superb second as Jurgen Klopp's side dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa pulled a goal back for the hosts after the interval but Liverpool saw out the remainder of the contest to record another positive result.

Only a surprise defeat at Burnley blots Liverpool's early record but Lovren believes talk of a first league title in 27 years is premature.

Asked about a potential title challenge, Lovren told the club's official website: "It's too early to talk about that but we are positive and we can keep playing well.

"We have so many players here on the bench that can make a difference, we have a brilliant squad, the 25 players here, even those in the stand are top players.

"It's a challenge for all of us to be 100 per cent in training and that's what keeps us improving every day."

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