By Amir Mir

Loris Karius has stated that Manchester United are a “good” team, but believes Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are a “great” team ahead of their showdown on Monday night.

The north-west rivals will meet at Anfield for the eagerly anticipated Premier League clash, which will see Reds manager Klopp come up against United boss Jose Mourinho.

In recent seasons the Manchester club have won the bragging rights against their old rivals, with four wins in their last four league outings.

But goalkeeper Karius gave his reason as to why the Anfield club are not afraid of their opponents ahead of the showdown.

“It will be a big game; I think it will be a close game,” Karius told Premier League Productions as quoted by the Metro. “Man United has a good, strong team but we have a great team and we play at home.

“We have respect for them but we’re not scared of them and we know we want to win the game. We’ll have a good plan – or more than one plan – so we will be well prepared.

“Monday night at Anfield, the fans will be behind us, so I think everyone’s looking forward to it.”

German keeper Karius signed for the Merseyside club in the summer from Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz 05 on a long-term contract.

Karius missed Liverpool’s first three games of the campaign following a hand injury, but since his return to full fitness he has started the last two league fixtures ahead of regular first-team starter Simon Mignolet.

United are three points behind their rivals in the league table, with Klopp’s side an impressive fourth with 16 points after seven outings.

In other Liverpool team news, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has recalled the infamous moment against the Reds he believes was worth a 120-game match ban.