Jose Mourinho declared following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds struggle when teams defend deep.
United parked the bus for most of the second-half, and while Adam Lallana got us an equaliser, a winner couldn’t be found.
“Their quality as a team to play against a low block, which is a problem that sometimes they have,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports, cited in the Metro.
”They have these fantastic records of all these victories, but they have some limitations against teams with low blocks.
“Jurgen clearly has a little bit of frustration, they are a fantastic team, but at Old Trafford, a special place for Liverpool to win, he never did it.”
The thing is, this is factually untrue. Last season, we got 97 points in the Premier League. The only games we dropped points were away to Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton West Ham and at home to Leicester.
Not one of those teams played backs to the wall football. This term, we won our first eight games, easing past the sides who defended on their 18-yard line, such as Burnley and Newcastle.
We had trouble in Europe v Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg (although we won the second) when sides tried to pass through us and played a high line.
At Old Trafford, we played poorly, but we were without Mo Salah, one of the world’s best attackers and had a goal ruled out that would have stood in any other Premier League season.
We had more of the ball and more shots than the home side, who also had the repeated benefit of a horrible referee.
And we still didn’t lose. There is no problem with the low-block. In fact, one of our strengths is dealing with sides who deploy them.