Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. The German also gave his verdict on Chelsea’s title aspirations for next season after a chat with Thomas Tuchel.
Reds boss Klopp is in awe of a golden “generation” of talent for England, highlighting the ability of several rival players ahead of this summer’s Euro’s.
Speaking prior to the rearranged game against Manchester United on Thursday, Klopp seemed rather envious of Gareth Southgate and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s crop of attackers.
“Age-wise I would say it’s a really good mix,” said Klopp of United’s English talent.
“The offensive potential, they have obviously, I’m not sure if you would still consider, how old is Marcus (Rashford)? 21, 22, 23? He looks quite young but is obviously very experienced.
“Mason Greenwood, absolutely exceptional offensive talent, one of this English generation of offensive players, which is absolutely incredible.
“If you count them all, you think ‘who are you going to leave out?’ Greenwood, [Phil] Foden, [Mason] Mount then [Raheem] Sterling and [Jadon] Sancho. Wow, what a generation.
“Ole has done a really good job, we’ve spoken about that before and they play some really good stuff.
“That’s why they are in the position they’re in. It’s been a good season for United in a difficult year.”
Klopp also praised Champions League finalists Chelsea’s resurgence under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, before previewing who he thinks will be in the mix to win the title next season.
“We knew last year were weren’t 20-odd points better than other teams. We know next year we have to win football games,” said Klopp.
“City are not the only challenge next season, Chelsea – I said to Thomas that his squad was a present (to him). Together with Thomas it works out pretty well. If you look at the squad they can make 11 changes and you still think that’s a proper team.
“So they will go for it next year definitely. They will not get worse next season that’s a fact. United is in a good way. So it is not who is far away or whatever. It means you have to win your own football games and that’s possible.
“Our season was difficult, but we don’t close our eyes to the facts. Even with five or six points more with the injuries we have had, we should have. We do not blame anyone else other than ourselves because we would be closer to the Champions League spots with four games to go.
“Now we need help from other teams. We have to win our games and we need help from other teams. That is not the situation we want to be in. But it’s the best we could do and now we deal with that.”