Paul Pogba has outlined the key differences in quality between Liverpool and Manchester United heading into Sunday’s titanic top-of-the-table clash.
The Reds head into the encounter at Anfield in an unusual position – in second place. Jurgen Klopp and his team trail the Red Devils in the table following United’s 1-0 win against Burnley in midweek.
But Pogba believes despite the three-point gap that currently exists between the two teams, Liverpool are still ahead of United following their procession to the league title last season.
And when asked whether United had reached the same level as the reigning English champions, Pogba, speaking with Sky Sports, said: “We have improved a lot, we are improving. We still have a very young team. But we can’t say now that we are at the same level because they won the Premier League, and have been winning a lot.
“The day we win then I will say yes, we are at the same level. But now we are still far, we still have to work and carry on.
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As expected, an experienced professional such as Pogba has maintained a level-headed approach heading into what is the biggest match of the season so far.
The World Cup-winning midfielder knows what it takes to win, so naturally, he has appreciated the magnitude of Liverpool’s achievements in recent years.
Yes, United are top of the league, and credit where it is due. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team are unbeaten in the top-flight since November 1, after all.
However, as Pogba rightly stated, the Reds are still levels above United for a reason.
This finely-tuned winning machine that Klopp has assembled were able to accumulate 97 and 99 points in back-to-back season, after all.
Indeed, there has been a drop-off from Liverpool’s standards this season. The Reds have already surrendered three more points after 17 matches than the entirety (15) they managed all of last season.
On the other hand, there have been mitigating circumstances that have hindered this Liverpool machine this season: A crippling injury crisis, a congested fixture schedule and an ongoing pandemic are just to name a few.
Still, Liverpool have been able to remain competitive and can reclaim top-spot with a much-needed victory on Sunday.
One positive, then, from the team’s recent dip in form is that is sets up nicely for what is a gargantuan encounter under the lights at Anfield come Sunday evening.