Jurgen Klopp: 'I couldn't use Man Utd tactics'

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Klopp's men bossed the possession and the shot count at Anfield, where he felt United played in a way that would not be accepted by Liverpool fans.

"I am surprised that you speak about that in a negative way, I am even more surprised when I hear former, big players speak about atmospheres like something sinister, something that worries". Obviously for Man United it is OK.

Will, or can, Mourinho risk the safety-first approach at home against United's neighbours, or will he have to show his hand and give his players the licence to attack?

"I needed my bench, and I didn't have a bench", he said.

"If you watch the game and you have an idea of football, you can not expect that we create 20 chances against Manchester United - it's just simply not possible".

"They've played with reckless abandon this Klopp team over the last two years".

Klopp said his side was unlucky not to beat their fierce rivals in what was another much hyped but low-key game between two of the most successful clubs in English football.

The Belgian striker was undoubtedly a victim of Manchester United's defensive tactics on Saturday but it's hard to hand out much sympathy when both goalkeepers accumulated more touches.

Aside from a first-half Romelu Lukaku effort that was saved by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, United didn't muster a single effort on target and they barely threatened at all in the second half, prompted Klopp to suggest that Mourinho's team got exactly what they wanted when they arrived at Anfield. "The second half was a bit of chess, but my opponent didn't open the door for me to win the game". I am okay with the performance - it is not my job to judge the United performance. It's not that we play on different planets, it's not that they are really good and we don't find the entrance of the stadium.

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"Jose Mourinho's won championships in this country regularly". I waited for Jurgen to make a change, go more attacking, but he kept with the three strong central midfielders.

"When I brought on Jesse Lingard and Rashford I was waiting for him to bring on Daniel Sturridge or Dominic Solanke".

"He kept the strong midfield and that midfield was stronger than mine".

Consider the criticism harsh or not, Lukaku is doing little to prove that he can actually perform against the likes of Liverpool.

His evidence was the absence of his creative sparks Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, the knowledge Liverpool would have gone 10 points behind Manchester United after just eight games had they lost and the fact David de Gea made the game's outstanding save.

Manchester United ceded the initiative in the Premier League title race after drawing 0-0 with arch foes Liverpool in a drab game at Anfield yesterday.

The change never came.

It's hard, the motivation was at a high level for them and for us.

Liverpool, meanwhile are sat down in 7th in the league table but they are still only 7 points off top spot.

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