Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius believes Manchester United’s decision to sit back in their own half for large periods of the game was in recognition of his side’s attacking power.
Karius believes Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics were implemented in order to prevent Liverpool’s attacking stars from having the kind of explosive impact that has seen them blow teams away this season.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “They know we’re a really strong team so that’s a compliment for us.”
“United maybe waited for the one chance to get a goal, as obviously their priority was to stop our play, our attacks.”
“We knew we would have to be patient because it was going to be tough.”
The 23-year-old was largely untroubled and was only really called into action as a result of the one or two mistakes that he brought on himself.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were unable to turn their 65% of possession into a goal on the night with United toothless in their lack of desire to break forward in numbers.
United’s unambitious methods ruined a game that fans had been waiting for. It did, however, demonstrate Mourinho’s fear of us.
The very fact that he was happy to take a goalless draw as early on in the campaign as October, is a sign that we are being viewed as a team to watch out for.
Long may that continue.