Jurgen Klopp not surprised Marouane Fellaini can play against Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he's not surprised Marouane Fellaini hasn't been banned by UEFA after the Belgium international allegedly struck Emre Can with an elbow during last Thursday's Europa League Round of 16 first leg clash at Anfield. 

Fellaini and the Liverpool midfielder clashed late on during the contest, but UEFA have since opted out of taking retrospective action on the robust player. 

The Reds, of course, head into tonight's fixture at Old Trafford with a two-goal advantage after goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino handed them a 2-0 win on Merseyside. 


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United, then, have it all to do in pursuit of redemption but will have former Everton man Fellaini at their disposal. 

Klopp, however, has insisted that he's not surprised, claiming that it was a situation with different views. 

Klopp isn't surprised 

He also took a slight dig at UEFA, referencing the fact they handed him a three-game ban after he reacted angrily towards the fourth official during Borussia Dortmund's Champions League clash with Italian outfit Napoli back in 2013. 

Speaking about Fellaini in his pre-match press conference, the Anfield chief stated, as per "Surprised he's playing? No.

"It was a situation with different views. A lot of people at Uefa have said it was a normal situation.

"They gave me three games for my face in Naples. But that was a long time ago."

Can form 

The Reds chief has also praised the form of midfield ace Can, claiming that he's 'in a really good way.'

"He's in a really good way," he said. "But I want him concentrated on football, not on what people say about him.

"He's in good shape. He's made a big step [with his form]."

Old Trafford atmosphere 

Ahead of tonight's showdown at the Theatre of Dreams, Klopp has admitted that he's well aware that it's up to his Liverpool players to quieten down the Manchester United crowd. 

"The atmosphere is loud if people hate you," he explained. "I don't understand what the crowd is singing.

"In Liverpool, it was different. But if we had played poorly, it would not have been the same atmosphere. We will decide how good the atmosphere is with our performance.

"Three thousand Liverpool fans [in the away end] is enough."

Ultimately, Liverpool will head into the game as favourites to secure a quarter-final spot, but they will know only too well that they won't be able to rest on their laurels in pursuit of success in Manchester. 

Who will qualify for the next round: Manchester United or Liverpool? Have your say below! 

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