Jurgen Klopp on Matip, his first 100 days, injury updates ahead of Manchester United clash

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Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested there was no agreement with Schalke defender Joel Matip over a pre-contract before a summer move on a free transfer from the Bundesliga side. 

He told his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "There is nothing to say about it. If and when something is fixed you will be the first to know."

Klopp was also asked to reflect on his first 100 days as Liverpool manager, which has seen his side play no fewer than 21 games, but he remains focussed on Sunday's task when he faces Manchester United for the first time, in what could be a pivotal game in both clubs' seasons.

"This isn't the time to think about these things too much. We have a very important game v United.

"We could have done better, we could have done worse. Some great moments and some average moments.

"My record after 100 days is second only to Rafa? I don’t like to be second to anyone!

"If my record is as good after 200 days then that will be good!

"You must go through big victories together, and defeats together. But you need to play football that people want to talk about."

Klopp talked a lot about the style of play but the significance of this particular fixture certainly didn't seem lost on the German, as he examined both the ramifications in the league and the occasion that goes with it. 

He said: "Sunday is important for the table because we are close together. Both teams need the points. Derbies are the salt in the soup."

After a starring role in the 3-3 draw against Arsenal, Roberto Firmino - who scored twice for the Reds - became the topic of conversation.

The Brazilian clearly receives a lot of faith from Klopp, and the Liverpool manager thinks the Brazilian has yet to show his best.

"Everyone needs time. Sometimes we couldn't change when we wanted. He's in good moment. He's not just a big team player."

All of the players who played in the draw against Arsenal came through it without any problem according to Klopp, though he did say Kolo Toure was having ice baths.

Dejan Lovren remains sidelined for the weekend, while Klopp says he had not idea when Daniel Sturridge will be back, as the forward remains sidelined. 

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