Jurgen Klopp fearful of Manchester United height advantage

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Much like when any two big rivals meet, Monday night's clash between Liverpool and Manchester United is expected to be a tightly-contested affair and the smallest margins could make all the difference.

It will be as much of a battle between the two managers as well as the respective players and it really doesn't come much bigger than Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho.

The mind games are already well underway before kick-off, with the subject of Anthony Taylor's appointment as referee dominating many of the headlines over the last week.

Now, usually ahead of these big matches, neither manager likes to give their opponent an inch to work with from their pre-match comments, however, Klopp has graciously admitted Man United do hold one advantage over his own side.

The summer arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly at Old Trafford have given the Red Devils a much greater physical presence and the Liverpool boss has highlighted their height advantage as a key area of the game.

"We have already started to stretch our players!" Klopp joked.

"Seriously, though, I would imagine that if United start putting their tall players in the box they will be fighting for the result and for that to happen it must mean that something we did must have worked pretty well.

"We know about United's physical strength and we cannot do anything to change it, all we can do is try to avoid situations where they can use it."

Klopp might be playing a dangerous game by praising a specific aspect of his opponents' style prior to kick-off - particularly if it comes back to haunt him during the 90 minutes.

But given Liverpool's fine start to the season, you can understand why the German would be reluctant to tweak his team too much for one specific game.

The recent victory at Stamford Bridge was the perfect example how pace can still beat power and no doubt Klopp will be citing that as inspiration for Monday's match.

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