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Klopp: Man United were beatable and we didn't do it

Jurgen Klopp has bemoaned a missed opportunity as Liverpool failed to claim all three points as they played out a dour 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The clash between two of the giants of English football was a disjointed affair with all four substitutions in the first half due to injury.

The home team was hit hardest with Ander Herrera and Juan Mata each succumbing by the 25 minute-mark to hamstring injuries.

Roberto Firmino made it 2-1 on the injury front when the Brazilian had to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge on the half hour mark due to a ankle injury.

Man United then responded in kind when substitute Jesse Lingard who was a considerable doubt for this fixture, only lasted 18 minutes before he aggravated his suspect hamstring and was replaced by Alexis Sanchez.

If that wasn't bad enough, key attacking outlet Marcus Rashford was clearly hampered by a ankle injury picked up from a Jordan Henderson challenge early in the game.

Even though it was a nightmare 45 minutes for the home side, they managed to limp their way to a stalemate at the interval.

While controlling possession, the Reds were lacking poise in the attacking third, a issue which also arose against Bayern Munich in the midweek Champions League clash.

After the game, the manager was a frustrated figure and was clear in his view that Liverpool let a great opportunity go to waste.

Sky Sports reported Klopp as saying:

"In this game, on days when United are beatable you have to do it and we didn't do it.

"It was intense, that was clear, but in the situation today that's a point won for United and we lost two."

Klopp also believed that the constant stoppages killed the flow of the contest and therefore affected the momentum of his side who had started strongly.

 

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"It was a strange game. We started really well, we started exactly how we wanted to start.

"Then the injury crisis started, and it obviously cost us the rhythm. It happened to us with Bobby and that was a catastrophe.

"We lost the rhythm and couldn't get it back. We played, they had set pieces, not really counter-attacks, it was a game without a lot of highlights I would say.

While the Reds had 65% of overall possession, they only conjured up seven shots for the entire contest, with a long range Daniel Sturridge strike the only shot on target.

Mo Salah had another under-par performance and it was clear he was disappointed by his display especially as he prides himself on keeping to particularly high standard of play.

While the point takes the Reds back to the top of the summit, they need to be on guard in the midweek game against a buoyant Watford outfit with the Merseyside Derby following on next Sunday.

There is likely to be some changes of personnel for those games with the fitness of Firmino certain to be monitored in the next day or so. 


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Still it's nice that United at old Trafford can be so elated at drawing against us. We took 4 from 6 from them but somehow they think they have impacted the title race, you ain't done shit mutants.  

 

That said we underperformed a few of our players need a kick up the arse. There's history to be made and they are being wasteful when it matters most.

 

Don't pick sturridge unless we are winning big and it's a cameo, the pyramids are eroding to nothing quicker than he moves.

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