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Klopp says Liverpool should be awarded win if United game abandoned over Glazer protests

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that his side should be awarded the three points if Monday’s (Aug 22) game against Manchester United at Old Trafford is called off due to home fans protesting against their owners.

The high-profile English Premier League fixture had to be rescheduled in May 2021, after United fans invaded the pitch before kick-off in protest against the Glazer family. Similar demonstrations are reportedly planned for Monday.

“I really hope it will not happen but if it does happen, I think we should get the points,” the German told reporters before the game.

“We have nothing to do with the situation and if the supporters want the game not happening, then we cannot just rearrange the game again and fit it in somewhere in an incredibly busy season.”

The American Glazer family have been under fire from fans following United’s dismal start to the season. They are bottom of the standings having lost their opening two games and failed to secure some transfer targets.

The Glazers are reportedly open to selling a minority stake, with British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe expressing an interest in acquiring the club.

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Liverpool, who came second to Manchester City by a single point last season, are also looking for their first win of the campaign following draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace.

-Reuters

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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