Jurgen Klopp has conducted his press conference ahead of Manchester United’s trip to face Liverpool on Sunday.

He was asked about United pair Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, as per the club’s official website.

Klopp praised Rashford’s work off the pitch with battling against child food poverty – something which has bridged the rivalry between clubs.

And the German also spoke about the first time he saw Bruno up close and lamented that his arrival has worked out so well for United.

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“I think it is absolutely exceptional what Marcus is doing,” said Klopp. “He’s rightly got rewards for that, some honours.

“It’s just great when you see somebody never forgetting his roots. Exceptional, exceptional thing to do.”

When asked about Fernandes, Klopp said: “He is an outstanding player. Before he joined United we played against him with Sporting in the USA and that game you could see already – ‘wow!’

 

“The first time my team played against him you could really see he was a difference maker. He’s a very influential player for United. Link up in a lot of other situations as well.

“He’s a leader as well, so a very good signing for United, unfortunately.

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Neither Fernandes or Rashford were at their absolute best against Burnley on Tuesday night.

But Klopp will be acutely aware of the threat both men can cause.

Rashford may well continue in his role on the right hand side of the attack, although a switch to a 4-4-2 diamond or even a 3-5-2 can’t be ruled out.

As for Fernandes, Liverpool don’t have a midfielder who can score and create goals like he does and that could prove to be the difference at Anfield this weekend.

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