Liverpool head into the game at Anfield three points and three places behind Louis van Gaal’s side but can erase that gap with a win and Klopp is looking forward to his first taste of the famed fixture.
Looking ahead to the game, which will be shown live on Sky Sports, Klopp said: “I love derbies. It is the salt in the soup. They are the best things in football.
“Sunday is important for the table because we are close together. Both teams need the points.”
Both teams come into the game on the back of thrilling 3-3 draws in midweek, with United conceding a last-minute equaliser to Newcastle and Joe Allen securing a point for Liverpool with a late strike against Arsenal.
Klopp was impressed with the atmosphere at Anfield for the game against title favourites Arsenal but he thinks the Kop can go one better when Liverpool’s age-old rivals United visit.
“It’s a special game for me and for the club,” said Klopp. “I enjoyed the atmosphere v Arsenal but I think we can do better.”