Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has a “mix of everything” and can score goals in numerous ways, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said as he called on his side to work as a unit to contain the England forward in Sunday’s Premier League game at Anfield.
Rashford has been in red-hot form this season, scoring 25 goals in 39 matches in all competitions for Erik ten Hag’s side.
“It’s pretty much impossible to be happy about something positive at Manchester United when you are the Liverpool manager – but I am really happy for Rashford,” the German manager told reporters on Friday.
“He had a very difficult last year where he was not performing on the level that he is able to perform… Now he is playing incredible. His speed, his technique – it is a mix of everything. How calm he is in front of goal.
“He scores worldies, he scores the simple ones, he can put his head in. All these kinds of things. We have to defend against that collectively. He is not their only world-class player.”
Liverpool is sixth in the league with 39 points after 24 games, 10 points behind United, which is third.
The Merseyside club has struggled for consistency this season, with recent 2-0 league wins over Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers coming on either side of a 5-2 home defeat to Real Madrid and a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
United looks like a team reborn under Ten Hag, having won the League Cup last week to lift its first major trophy since 2017.
“They have turned into a results machine. They are squeezing results out with some really good performances. Top football, and if it is not going so well they still get results,” Klopp said.
“That’s why they are there. They are fully in a fight to win the league. That’s not really important for Sunday because we are there as well when we try to be at our best.
“It’s what I enjoy most (this type of game). Around these games we pull ourselves out of the sometimes not-so-nice reality, that is when football is the most important for those 95 or 98 minutes, I love that. The whole world will watch, it’s a big game.”
Klopp added that he will be able to call upon most of his squad for the game against United, except for Thiago Alcantara and Luis Diaz, who are both still sidelined following injuries.