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Klopp: Liverpool lost patience too early

Jurgen Klopp rued Liverpool’s lack of patience after they were frustrated in a goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday.

The free-flowing style of Klopp’s Liverpool was stifled by Jose Mourinho and United’s stubborn rearguard as the Premier League clash between the two fierce rivals failed to live up to the pre-game hype.

United frustrated Liverpool for long periods on Merseyside, while David de Gea made two fine second-half saves to deny Klopp and Co. a fifth consecutive league victory.

Asked for his overall reflection of the match, Klopp lamented: “The game was, from the first second, very hectic and that was maybe a little bit what United wanted and what we didn’t want, and so it was more to their advantage than ours.

“But that can happen at the start because you don’t always have an influence on the start, but then you have to find a way back to the way you usually want to play.

“We lost patience much too early, that was the first problem, and then our passing game was not good anymore. We had 65 per cent possession, but you have to do better things with it when you have the ball.

“I didn’t expect we would have 10 or 15 chances before the game, but in the first half we could have had – with two better passes – two 100 per cent chances, which we didn’t. Second half, we had them but De Gea was finally warm and made brilliant saves. They had their chance with Ibrahimovic, which he would usually [finish] I would say.”

On De Gea and his two saves to brilliantly deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho in the second half, Klopp said: “That’s how he plays at Liverpool! Last year when they played here it was similar. He obviously loves games against Liverpool – not too bad!”

Klopp added: “Maybe it’s very important for the rest of the world what you all write and what everybody is saying, but for us it’s not that important. We are quite often the favourites, we are used to being the favourites, but tonight nobody thought about this.

“You could see in this game that Man United is physical-wise a little bit stronger than we are. Everyone whose seen us this season knows we have played better but we couldn’t get rid of the hectic. That was the problem. You want to use this in your defending and create some situations like this, but when you have the ball you’ve got to calm down immediately. That’s what we didn’t do.

“We wasted a lot of energy in the first half because we made so many runs that were not necessary because we played the wrong pass. We had to run a lot because of our bad passes! In the second half, with fresher legs, we could’ve caused them more problems. That’s how we see it in this moment, it’s no reason for being frustrated or something, that’s the information from this game. Only one point, but last year we lost against Man United so that’s better. That’s good, but we can do much better.”

Tue 18 Oct, 2016
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