Jurgen Klopp praises 'really good player' Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek is hoping to soon make his first Premier League start under new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman has not started a league game for Manchester United since May 2021, when he featured in the club’s final game of the season against Wolves.

He was a substitute in United’s two opening games of the season, which ended in two defeats, and it’s possible manager Erik ten Hag will take a new approach against Liverpool on Monday.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp picked Van de Beek out for particular praise in his pre-match press conference.

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Klopp praises Van de Beek

Klopp told Sky Sports that he respects the quality in the Manchester United squad, and what he saw of the side in pre-season, when the Red Devils won 4-0.

He made a point of complimenting Donny van de Beek, a player who certainly hasn’t had a fair run in the side at United since he joined.

Klopp said: “They like to play out the back, you can see and feel the high press idea.

“We were not ready for our game in pre-season. The quality they have up front is ridiculous, the quality in midfield – whoever lines up – whether it’s Eriksen, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Fred. Donny I think is a really good player. And then there’s McTominay as well.

“You have to rebuild and change a lot of things and that’s not easy.”

Klopp’s admiration for Van de Beek is a nod to the player’s quality, and can lead you to wonder how he would have utilised him.

Van de Beek has struggled because of United’s lack of midfield shape, which could be helped by Casemiro’s imminent arrival at the club.

United face Liverpool on Monday night, and Van de Beek will likely be involved in some form. It’s just a case of whether it will be as a starter, or from the bench.

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