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David de Gea: ‘Zlatan is very big. He’s even more imposing in real life than on TV’

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

David de Gea is 6ft 4in but even he looks up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic – quite literally. There is an expression on the Manchester United goalkeeper’s face that says as much as he does. It is one that José Mourinho hopes will find its echo in opponents when they line up alongside his side in the tunnel. The Portuguese manager, described by his goalkeeper as a “winner”, is building a talented team; he is also building an intimidating one.

Jürgen Klopp takes responsibility for making a big noise at revamped Anfield

A general view of  the newly built stand at Liverpool football club's Anfield Stadium

Jürgen Klopp loved the sound of his own voice as it echoed around Anfield in training on Thursday, a reassuring sign for the architects, builders and moneymen behind the new main stand that has embellished Liverpool’s historic home. Their hard work is almost done – the finishing touches will not be complete until the turn of the year – but it begins in earnest for the Liverpool manager against champions Leicester City. “Fill it with life,” said Klopp of his revamped, 54,000-capacity workplace. “That is my responsibility.”