"My question to myself is would I have done the same? Yes, you have to. You have to.

"We are late in the season, United went to the Europa League final and that means a lot of games and now you get Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. That's not possible.

"But the weekend after is a weekend off for United."

Klopp added, "If we don’t go to the Champions League it is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team selection or the Premier League, it is our fault.

"But in this specific case, it could have been done differently. Definitely.

"But we are getting more and more used to things barely going in your favour or direction. We just accept it, that's how it is."

Henderson and Kobak out

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has already played his last game of the season for the Reds.

The midfielder has been on the shelf since sustaining a groin injury in the Merseyside derby loss to Everton at Anfield on February 20.

The 30-year old has resume training, but according to Klopp he will not be risked in their remaining three league games.

However, Henderson could still be available to Gareth Southgate for England's Euro 2020 campaign.

Having missed the weekend's win over Southampton, defender Ozan Kabak will also miss Thursday's game at Old Trafford.

There was better news for Klopp with Virgil van Dijk opting out of Netherlands selection for Euro 2020.

The influential defender is rounding onto the home straight in his recovery from a serious knee injury, and has opted to focus his summer attentions to Liverpool's pre-season.

"With Virgil, it’s one of the most serious injuries you can get," Klopp said, "I don’t know exactly how it came up that he has a chance for the Euros because the injury he had, people say it can take 11 months. It happened in October, that would mean September.

“We all hope, because it’s going really well, and we are all individuals and react differently in specific moments – the plan for us is that he can start the pre-season with us, but even that is not sure.

“So the Euros were just absolutely in the wrong moment, but the good news then for Holland as well is when he will be fit – because we will not force it, because we cannot force it – he will be then 100 per cent fit when he’s coming back.

“The next big tournament for Holland is waiting, they can then qualify for the World Cup in Qatar and everything will be fine.

"But we all have to be patient and for a player, of course, the start of rehab with these injuries is really tough, I cannot recommend that. It’s really tough: pain like crazy, you don’t sleep, you’re worrying, all these kind of things.

“When you overcome that, then you make steps, of course, because we do really good stuff with the boys in rehab and medicine meanwhile is really able to deliver a lot of good things, which makes life easier. You make big steps and you get more positive.

“I never wanted to cut the Euros off but I always knew, with normal measurement [and] with common sense, there is no chance.

"Now finally it is announced and that takes pressure off Virgil, which is important. Now he can completely focus on the right things in the right moment and then hopefully he can start soon with us again.”

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