Jurgen Klopp says a lack of rhythm was the reason his players could not score against Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon – suggesting that the bizarre injury situation United found themselves in was not great for the game.
United lost three players to hamstring injuries in the first half – Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard – while Marcus Rashford picked up a knock early on too. It made for a very stop-start game.
The Reds could not make their count, and the match ended goalless.
Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com: “When we started the game it was brilliant actually, we started exactly like we wanted to start: it was direct, we played in behind, we wanted to be there, we followed the ball, we pressed high and it was all really good. And then the injury crisis started.
“Speed in the wrong moment, chip in the wrong moment. We lost the rhythm and didn’t get it back.”
Roberto Firmino was also injured for the Reds, and Daniel Sturridge, his replacement, is just not at his level. It never felt like a goal was coming across the entire 90 minutes.
Next up is Watford at Anfield, a team who are in decent form, and so another big performance is going to be required. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will need to be much more clinical if the Reds are to gain maximum points in that one.