Saturday 18 January 2020

Jurgen Klopp: My players lost their patience and were too hectic against Manchester United

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds fans after the game Reuters / Phil Noble
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds fans after the game Reuters / Phil Noble

Chris Bascombe

Jürgen Klopp conceded his side have much to learn against cautious opposition as he accused his players of losing patience against Manchester United.

Liverpool improved in the second half, but they bore little resemblance to the side that has thrilled so much in the early weeks of the season.

“The game from the first second was very hectic,” said Klopp. “It was what they wanted and what we didn’t want. That can happen. We lost patience much too early and then our passing was not too good anymore.

“In the first half we could have had chances with better passes. Then we had them and De Gea was warm. That’s how he plays when he plays at Liverpool. Last season was similar. The second half maybe we would have deserved the win but at the end the best news is we have 0-0. You have to learn in games like this you have to stay cool.

“We lost the patience. It was a really difficult game for a striker today, the way we played.

“We could have done better but in the end there was a good attitude and they worked really hard. They tried everything but with the wrong tools.”

Liverpool were missing midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, while Adam Lallana was introduced just before the hour. Philippe Coutinho came closest, his 25 yard effort pushed wide.

Klopp rejected the idea that heightened expectations around his side contributed to a lacklustre display. “No. Maybe it is very important for the rest of the world but we were not favourite in the dressing room,” he said.

“We are often enough the favourite but tonight nobody thought about it. Physically wise they are a little better than we are. We could not get rid of being hectic - that was the problem.

“We wasted a lot of energy for nearly nothing. We made so many runs that were not necessary. We could have caused them much more problems. It’s only one point but last year we lost so at least the clean sheet is good.”

Asked if United’s caution was a sign of the regard Mourinho has for his side’s attacking ability, Klopp said: “I’m pretty sure the last thing Jose Mourinho wants to do is make a compliment to my team. When they played long balls it was difficult.”

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