Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool should be handed points if Manchester United fan protests result in Monday’s game being called off.

Liverpool are set to face United at Old Trafford on Monday night with both teams in search of their first win of the Premier League season, but fan protests are expected to come from United fans.

The same fixture was called off two seasons ago due to anti-Glazer protests from thousands of United fans, who managed to breach Old Trafford ahead of kick-off and get the game postponed.

And with pressure still on the Glazer family to finally sell up and leave United behind for good, talk of another protest in an attempt to get Monday’s mammoth clash called off once again has circulated online.

What happened to the 2020/21 fixture?

With football still being played behind closed doors at the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, protesting United fans managed to breach Old Trafford ahead of a scheduled 4:30pm kick-off on 2 May 2021.

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Over a thousand supporters were estimated to have gathered outside of Old Trafford during the protest, with a further 200 or so gathered outside of The Lowry hotel, where United players usually stay ahead of fixtures.

Protesters found a way into the ground and made themselves heard in a protest against their owners, who at the time were also being criticised for planning to involve United in the quickly disbanded European Super League.

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What has Klopp said about further protests?

Speaking to the media ahead of Monday’s fixture, quoted by the Daily Mail, Klopp discussed the prospect of protesting: “I really hope it will not happen but if it happens I think we should get the points.”

He added: “We have nothing to do with the situation if (United) supporters don’t want the game to happen.

“We can’t just rearrange the game again and try to fit it in somewhere in an incredibly busy period.”

The Reds’ boss had no time for the idea of potentially rescheduling the fixture, stating that ‘the other team should get the points because they have nothing to do with it’ but insisting that his team were ready to go, regardless of any distractions.

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Liverpool ended up winning the rescheduled fixture in the 2020/21 campaign, running out 4-2 winners as Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah fired the Reds closer to the top four once again.

Fixture congestion is proving a serious problem this season, though, with teams having to navigate around a first ever winter World Cup, taking place throughout November and December.

Both United and Liverpool have endured poor starts to the season. The hosts have lost their opening two league games under new manager Erik ten Hag and are now scrambling to complete transfer business at the end of the window to try and bolster the squad.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have drawn both of their opening two fixtures, slipping up away to Fulham and then struggling again at home to Crystal Palace. They will no doubt smell blood against a fragile United side, though, especially having lost 4-0 in pre-season to the Red Devils.

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