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Jurgen Klopp says two Man United players could “make a difference” vs Liverpool



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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that two returning Manchester United players could “make a difference” in the FA Cup clash between the two teams this weekend.

The two teams face up in the quarter-final of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The game offers Erik ten Hag one last chance of securing silverware for United this season after a disappointing campaign so far.

For Klopp and Liverpool, it is their chance to progress towards a second cup final for the season after they won the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea last month.

Both teams have experienced injury troubles across the season, and Klopp has confirmed that four players will not be fit to return against The Reds this weekend.

However, Ten Hag has suggested that Rasmus Højlund, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire will return to the fold for the clash.

Speaking on the potential United men back in action, Klopp has suggested that Wan-Bissaka and Højlund starting the game would make a difference for his opposition.

“I don’t know much about their season but I saw some good games, a lot of quality and injury problems,” Klopp told reporters. “Maybe Hojlund is available again? Wan-Bissaka is close. That obviously makes a difference, we will see on Sunday.”

Højlund is United’s top goalscorer this season after he found his form in the Premier League at the start of the year. He experienced a frustrating injury towards the end of last month, leaving Ten Hag without a fit recognised no.9.

Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka being out has meant that there is no viable option at left-back, with Diogo Dalot being the only fit player comfortable to play there since Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are both injured.

The Portuguese has been forced to continue on the right because of Wan-Bissaka’s absence, but could make the move across if his fellow full-back is fit to start the game.

“It was always a tough place to go,” added Klopp when speaking about Old Trafford. “It means everything to both fan groups, we know that. We try to show that on the pitch with the work rate but we never know.”