Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has said Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is playing mind games ahead of the clubs’ clash on Sunday.
United take on Solskjaer’s side in a Premier League tie on Sunday with Paul Pogba and David De Gea not expected to play a part in the game.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Klopp, has, however, said his United counterpart is playing mind games over Pogba and De Gea’s fitness.
“Four days ago I think Ole said ‘no chance’ for De Gea and Pogba, today it’s a ‘maybe’, tomorrow it’s a ‘100 percent’, Martial will be back, all that stuff,” he told reporters at Melwood.
“That’s how all these games are played. No problem with that.
“But in the end, I’m old enough, we are experienced enough to judge all the things in the right way.”
Klopp added that “The less the opponent manager knows about your lineup, the better it is. That’s an advantage.
“I’m four years in England, it’s still really strange how little you know about if a player is fit or not; in Germany we allow the press to watch training four or five times a week—that would mean you [journalists] really have to work!
“So if a guy is not in training, it means you cannot hide anything. It’s not like you can say ‘oh maybe he can play, maybe he can’t play’, and stuff like this—everybody knows it.
“He can play but he didn’t train five days in a row, so that doesn’t work. Here it’s like ‘oh!’ when you see the lineup ‘interesting, I thought he had a broken leg’ or whatever, ‘now he is back.’
“It’s not a mind game, it’s just part of the preparation, that’s it.”