Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wary of the threat of Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood and thinks the Manchester United pair both have huge futures in the Premier League.
Klopp’s Liverpool side take on United today (Sunday 4.30pm) looking to lay down a marker in the title race, knowing they would move seven points ahead of their bitter rivals with an Old Trafford triumph.
United have been roundly criticised for their start to the season with performances underwhelming, having lost two and drawn one of their last three top-flight outings.
The Red Devils have largely enjoyed a strong record against their big six rivals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be hoping for a morale-boosting victory.
And Klopp is particularly aware of the threat of Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood, both of whom will be hoping to start for United this afternoon.
Sancho was signed from Klopp’s old club Borussia Dortmund in the summer for around £73million but has yet to record a goal or an assist from 11 outings.
Despite that the England international is regarded as one of the best young wingers in world football after an incredibly successive stint in Germany.
While 20-year-old Greenwood, a product of United’s academy has four goals this season and 33 overall having already racked up 116 appearances for the club.
And Klopp is an admirer of both, and is confident that Sancho will arrest his early struggles in Manchester to eventually become a big success for United.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip across the M62, the Liverpool manager said of the England international: “Jadon Sancho is a world class talent, definitely.
“He has all the things you need to become really one of the best players in the world in the future, that’s how it is. But he’s still very young.
“At Dortmund they were full of praise about him and rightly so. I saw a lot of games of him playing outstandingly well. Some people lose patience a little bit quickly and don’t forget the options United has in this position.”
While Klopp added of Greenwood, who scored against the Reds in the FA Cup earlier this year: “Mason Greenwood? Wow! What a talent he is.
“I think that he has maybe pushed Jadon out of position. Mason can play in the centre, but there is no space any more, so maybe they will share.
“It’s a problem that you want to have as a manager, 100 per cent. So everything will be fine for Jadon – we just hope not on Sunday.”
Klopp hopes that the midweek Champions League win away at Atletico Madrid can help Liverpool overcome what will be a red-hot atmosphere away at United.
“They can create a proper atmosphere, I have to say,” he said. “We played against Atletico, it was incredible what they did. Sometimes I couldn’t understand my thoughts, it was that loud.
“That’s absolutely incredible. I don’t want to say we are used to it but we did it from time to time, obviously.
“The atmosphere is always a massive thing for United at Old Trafford but it’s all a part of the game as well. Our job is to be really good there, to play the best possible football we can, and ignore or use the atmosphere as well.
“Our away guys will be there as well and in our moments they were really, really good there as well.
“I will never moan that we have to play at Old Trafford in an away game because it’s a really good atmosphere, two good teams face each other so I’m really looking forward to it.”