Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was as honest as ever in his assessment of yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
It’s not a terrible result, but the performance was drab – especially considering United had to make three subs before half-time and had an injured Marcus Rashford on the field for the entirety of the game.
Klopp has explained how the ‘the boys didn’t feel ok,’ and has made no excuses for the outing.
“We were without chances – only United had one big one when Alisson made an excellent save – the rest were set-pieces,” the German said, reported in the Express.
“It kept the game open but we didn’t create enough and that’s the truth. We didn’t do well to be honest. We take that. It is a point gained because we have one more than before but it doesn’t feel like that.”
“These games are always opened up by one situation. The boys didn’t feel okay. I could see it in their faces. It was strange.
“I was thinking ‘what is gong on here today’. They lost momentum and rhythm and couldn’t really get it back.”
Klopp made a few mistakes himself, of course. Daniel Sturridge for Roberto Firmino was evidently the wrong sub – with the Englishman offering next to nothing in terms of movement.
If Xherdan Shaqiri or Naby Keita had come on, Salah could have moved centrally and we’d have more creativity behind him.
The fact Trent Alexander-Arnold never got on also confused us, especially considering James Milner was getting plenty of room down the right and not using it smartly.
We reckon Trent and Keita will be back in the side for the Watford clash on Wednesday, anyway.
Nothing less than a win will be acceptable, with Liverpool only securing three in our past nine matches in all competitions.