Sunday 4 December 2016

Eamon Dunphy: Liverpool will be okay under Klopp but Man United's problems are terminal

Published 18/01/2016 | 20:17

Manchester United's David De Gea celebrates at full time with Juan Mata and team mates
Manchester United's David De Gea celebrates at full time with Juan Mata and team mates

Former Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy believes that although Manchester United earned the bragging rights at Anfield yesterday, Liverpool will have the last laugh.

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Wayne Rooney's 77th minute winner was United's one and only shot on target in a game where they had their keeper, David de Gea, to thank for ensuring they left Merseyside with all three points.

Liverpool were the better side in a poor quality encounter and speaking on Game On on 2FM, Dunphy revealed that he thinks Jurgen Klopp's charges will emerge as the better team in the future.

"(Louis van Gaal) has spent £350m, this manager and they've got nothing. They got a result yesterday but they would have a bigger problem I would say," he said.

"If you look below them in the table, they've got Palace and Stoke City and West Ham. They are in a race for fourth place with clubs like that.

"I think long term, Liverpool will be okay but Manchester United's problems are terminal.

"I think Klopp has come in three months into the season, there was already an injury crisis there and it got worse.

"I think he's looking at all his options now. He didn't play a high pressing game yesterday, he didn't start (Christian) Benteke. I would have started Benteke but I understand why they didn't play a high pressing game. I don't think the players have it in their legs at the moment.

"I think if Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho played yesterday, I think that Liverpool would have won comfortably.

"I think Klopp's manner is great, I think he gets performances out of players. Moreno is a good example at left back, he's come on a ton. Emre Can in the midfield.

"I don't think he's too fussed. He's blitzed by fixtures and he has no team to field.

"I think he's cool enough to assess every player he has on the booms and then he'll make some rigorous decisions."

Specualtion has been rife over the weekend that Liverpool could be about to launch a bid for Ireland's Shane Long but Dunphy believes it's not the right move for the club.

"Shane a terrific lad and he's done terrifically for Ireland. Everyone respects him and admires him but he's not the answer for Liverpool," he added.

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