Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Purslow: Klopp needs five years at Liverpool, not two

Purslow: Klopp needs five years at Liverpool, not two

Man United fans received a massive boost after Lukaku, who had been nursing an ankle injury, came on to score for Belgium against Cyprus - a powerful affirmation of the 24-year-old being back to full fitness and, of course, full potency.

Two goals from Juan Mata piled misery onto Liverpool, and United ran out 2-1 victors. That first half-an-hour is crucial and Mourinho will know that.

"I like to play against the best teams, I like to play against the best clubs and I like to play at the best stadiums - the stadiums with more history", he told Sky Sports.

"It suits Mourinho in terms of his mentality".

"I think they can afford to lose Lukaku more than Matic because I don't think there is a similar replacement to Matic", he added.

United have started off the season in sparkling form and now sit second place in the league, level with rivals Manchester City on 22 points after just seven games.

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Sainz admitted that the news didn't hit him immediately as he was entirely immersed in his race weekend with Toro Rosso . Despite the early departure, Palmer says that he will leave the sport with his head held high, without any biterness.

And, as the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss prepares to resume his rivalry against Liverpool, Mourinho is expecting nothing less than another big encounter against United's nemesis. "Firstly, Anfield away is the ultimate test, mentally and physically with the intensity".

"I was never excited about going to Anfield". You only got excited when you won there.

It is also the start of a tough period of fixtures before the next worldwide break which includes matches against Tottenham and Chelsea.

Liverpool will be with injured forward Sadio Mane and Neville believes that will be a big "psychological blow" to the hosts.

However, a deal would have to wait until next summer when the midfielder becomes a free agent, with Liverpool apparently unwilling to do any business with their rivals while Can remains under contract.

"However, they do have Salah, who does fill that speed gap and gives them something else, so that ultimately means the loss is less of an issue this time".

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