LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he would rather Manchester United don’t sign Bruno Fernandes because it would make the Red Devils stronger.
United have been strongly linked with a move for the Sporting Lisbon playmaker, who scored 20 times in Primeira Liga last season.
He then went and scored against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday night which finished 2-2.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his squad after a disappointing sixth-placed Premier League finish.
And Klopp knows signing Fernandes would strengthen United and potentially hinder Liverpool.
“If he [signs for Man Utd]then we will face him,” Klopp said.
“He’s obviously a really good player.
“They have already a few really good players, so that will probably make them stronger.
“It’s not nice, but [Man Utd’s transfer dealings are] not our cup of tea, to be honest.”
Fernandes himself wants to play in the Premier League.
But he knows a deal needs to occur between clubs before he can even think about a transfer.
On Monday night, Fernandes said: “The president decides [if I leave], not me.
“I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about this many times.
“The only thing I can do now is that I need to catch the plane so I don’t miss it.
“Will this be the last match for Sporting [vs Liverpool]? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides.
“I said I’d like to play in England, but I don’t care about it right now.
“If it could be this season? It could be when the club decides, I’m not in charge.”
Manchester United have made two signings so far this summer, bringing Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford.