Jurgen Klopp is seeking his first victory at Old Trafford as a manager tonight, as Liverpool visit Manchester United in the Premier League.
The Theatre of Dreams is far from a happy hunting ground for the 53-year-old coach, having not come away with a win from any of his six trips.
All of those have come with the men from Merseyside, overseeing four draws and two defeats in five years.
Trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by seven points with two games in hand on compatriot Thomas Tuchel’s outfit, picking up three in Manchester this evening would boost the Redmen’s chances of achieving Champions League football next season and avoiding more United misery.
Ahead of tonight’s match, let’s take a look at Klopp’s miserable record at Old Trafford.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool – March 17, 2016 (UEFA Europa League)
Having lost his first league fixture against United at Anfield two months prior, Klopp had since got the better of Louis van Gaal in a round-of-16 first leg, winning 2-0 on Merseyside.
All the Redmen needed to do in the return leg was avoid a two-goal defeat, and after Nathaniel Clyne allowed Anthony Martial to make it 1-0 from the spot in the first half, Klopp needed Phillippe Coutinho’s superb solo goal on the brink of half-time to kill the tie.
Liverpool had to deal with a rousing Red Devils first-half display (at least for LVG’s United standards) but their Samba star’s equaliser ensured a dull second half, as Klopp and co reached that year’s final.
They lost to perennial champions Sevilla following this ‘winning draw,’ and would have to wait three years for their first trophy under the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool – January 15, 2017
Get used to this scoreline because it’s Klopp’s favourite at Old Trafford.
As both sides chased a top four finish, this chilly affair saw Paul Pogba handle the ball inside the penalty area just before the half hour mark, giving James Milner the chance to put the visitors in front – which he did.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s talismanic late leveller with six minutes remaining tied this one, in what felt like a far cry from their upcoming respective successes.
Post-match, Klopp was pleased with the performance and his side’s Gegenpressing (which forced Michael Carrick to be substituted at half-time), citing the Red Devils’ tendency to pump the ball long late on as what broke the Redmen’s resistance.
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool – March 10, 2018
Just over a year later, Klopp suffered his first defeat at Old Trafford and awaited his first Premier League victory in the fixture.
This game will be remembered for Marcus Rashford’s torment of Trent Alexander-Arnold, as the 20-year-old toyed with the teenager, who was hooked after 80 minutes whilst Liverpool chased an equaliser following Eric Bailly’s second-half own goal.
Rashford’s first came courtesy of Romelu Lukaku’s flick on, who himself was instrumental by bullying new arrival Virgil van Dijk and defensive partner Dejan Lovren.
Lukaku made the most of another David De Gea goal kick to feed Juan Mata, before the ball fell to the academy product, who slotted home Jose Mourinho side’s second of two shots on target in a game in which they had just 32% possession.
A win would soon come for Klopp nine months later at Anfield, signalling the end of Mourinho’s time in charge.
Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool – February 24, 2019
It’s never nice when injuries ruin a potential classic, and that’s what happened here as Klopp and co failed to capitalise on three enforced first-half United substitutes, ruing two dropped points in the process.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated Red Devils were coming off the back of a blistering honeymoon period and had to make all three changes before the break, with substitute Jesse Lingard himself being hauled off after just 17 minutes on the pitch.
That meant the second half belonged to the Merseyside outfit, but the Redmen didn’t bring their shooting boots along the M62.
The two points which went begging for Klopp would’ve won him his first title a year earlier, but it wasn’t to be thanks to the likes of Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw, highlighted by Mohamed Salah’s substitution.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool – October 20, 2019
Same year, similar outcome.
This time, Rashford was back on the scoresheet and struck towards the end of the first half by getting on the end of a Daniel James cross.
Having looked set for a first league defeat of the season, Liverpool managed to maintain their unbeaten run through Adam Lallana’s 85th-minute equaliser.
United’s opener came via a controversial decision, when Victor Lindelof collided with Divock Origi in the build up, before VAR then ruled out Sadio Mane’s potentially-equalising strike to increase Merseyside frustration.
Klopp told Match of the Day: “Pretty much everything went against us,” and took issue with referee Martin Atkinson – not that the result would really affect his title-winning term.
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool – January 24, 2021 (FA Cup)
Finally, this season’s Fourth Round pitted the two English giants together to inflict more misery on the German manager.
Klopp was delighted when Salah broke his Old Trafford duck on 18 minutes, before Mason Greenwood and Rashford scored either side of the interval to turn the game on its head.
Salah notched in another to draw level soon after and set up a tense closing stages, but Bruno Fernandes stepped up to whip in a 78th-minute free-kick and send the Red Devils through to an ultimately unsuccessful cup run.
Lessons of United’s deadly counter attack should be learned by Liverpool, and Klopp will be looking for lucky trip no. 7 tonight.