Gary Neville was among those left less than impressed with the performances of Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday night as the much-anticipated clash between the two north-west rivals petered out into a goalless draw.
Due to the global break, Liverpool did not have the entire week to prepare for the Manchester United game, while the likes of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum picked up injuries while on worldwide duty.
Liverpool at last found a way through the United defence when Joel Matip played in Can, but De Gea sprung low to his right to deny the Germany global after he struck a low shot towards the bottom corner.
While most players resort to cliches and pre-rehearsed lines to fumble through a post-match interview, Herrera took a different approach, and one that has the Old Trafford faithful sizing him up as a future captain of the club.
United held Klopp’s attractive side with relative comfort, thanks to the tactical excellence of his stifling set-up and a couple of blinding saves from David de Gea yet they offered precious little in attacking invention and creation.
Liverpool’s two shots represented its joint-lowest total in the first half of a Premier League home game.
United are now seventh in the EPL standings, five points behind league leaders Manchester City. We had control of the game.
“I think it was a good performance, hard match for us and for them and I think we controlled the game tactically and we controlled the game emotionally, and it’s not easy to do both things in here”.
And there we were thinking that Liverpool were the last wonder of the world.
“Second half we had chances but (David) De Gea was finally warm and he made brilliant saves”.
The Liverpool manager said: “I am not too happy”.
Klopp’s preference for a high-tempo game, which this season has started to click into gear, never got into its stride and it was a disjointed performance as the visitors’ game-plan worked to perfection.
“We knew we would have to be patient because it was going to be tough”, Karius said. “We want to be champions“.
‘We are there, we are fighting, we are getting points. “I don’t remember many chances they created out of these situations”. “We just need to click and then it’ll be easier”.