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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport at Old Trafford
Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp said it’s”a fact” that Manchester United always set up to defend against his side at Old Trafford.
The Premier League leaders of klopp needed a late Adam Lallana equaliser to earn a draw against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who are just two points above the relegation zone.
The German has failed to document a triumph in five visits into United.
“This season, this past season, the year earlier, they simply defend,” he explained.
“That’s how it is. It is OK. It’s no criticism. It is a truth.
“When you think about Manchester United from Liverpool, you believe both teams are trying similar to this. But it is not. We strive.”
The effect contributes to a conclusion Liverpool winning run in the Premier League, meaning that they fall one short of fitting Manchester City’s record tally of 18 victories.
Their lead over City was cut from eight to six points although the Anfield side stay high in the Premier League.
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had been a television pundit at the match and he stated Klopp’s teams”have limitations against teams with reduced blocks”.
“He [Klopp] did not like the menu he likes meat and that he obtained bass,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“United, with the limitations they have at the moment, played five at the back, were strong and didn’t offer the probability of transition. The menu wasn’t liked by jurgen.
“Liverpool dropped quality to perform with a group with a minimal block.
“They could smash opponents that play the way that they would like to play against.
“Jurgen definitely has frustrations. It’s an excellent situation for his staff but in Old Trafford – which is a special place to win – he never did it.”
Liverpool dominated possession. They had more shots and more shots on target but needed to wait until the 85th minute for Lallana’s equaliser after United had been awarded a lead by Marcus Rashford.
“We’re the one team where everybody is on their feet when United play against us,” said Klopp.
“We do not need to say it is a compliment. We are a fantastic team. When you play with somebody it is ordinary for them to think about how they could stop us.”
Klopp’s Manchester United counterpart Solskjaer denied to react to those remarks.
However, it’s correct that both Premier League games United have won this season – from Chelsea and Leicester – came when they’ve played on the counter-attack and on this occasion they utilised three centre-backs, two wing-backs and looked for the speed of Rashford and Daniel James on the break.
“We set the team up to attack and be aggressive and create chances and we did this,” said the Norwegian.
“We’re better when we attack quickly, with no dilly-dallying about the chunk. We need to be direct, take risks and be braver. It doesn’t matter if you lose up the pitch since you’re able to win it backagain.
“That is more or less Liverpool did it at the Champions League final [against Tottenham] and afterwards 40 minutes they won a penalty. It is playing the perfect kind of soccer, and being direct assisted us.”
The match major talking point with Klopp determined his side, surrounded Rashford’s aim should have been awarded a free-kick by referee Martin Atkinson for a struggle by Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi from the build-up.
It was the most recent instance of the video assistant referee Assessing the on-field official’s judgment. In fact, just one’subjective conclusion’ was altered by VAR in the Premier League all season – with reversals to factual incidents like offside.
“I believe most people thought it was a foul,” said the Liverpool manager. “I’m sure it was a foul. Mr Atkinson let the game go on because he knew we’d VAR. Once they scored it was checked by them but then it wasn’t clear because with a challenge you can’t necessarily be 100% certain. However, without VAR I’m 100% convinced Atkinson could have dismissed for a foul.
“It’s fantastic for offside and handball however for these situations we haven’t got it . I had been so confident it was likely to be overturned.
“It’s to alter which not many choices are overturned.
“Look at Manchester City yesterday it was so clear and obvious Kevin de Bruyne was pushed [from Crystal Palace] and if I am saying Manchester City ought to have had a punishment then it must have been a penalty.”
Solskjaer had a very different perspective.
“No chance,” he said. “We are not playing basketball.
“It is possibly a slight touch but it’s not a very clear and obvious error. It is still a man’s match with tackles allowed.”
In a rare interview before the match, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward informed fanzine United We stand “we certainly feel we’re on the ideal track to return to winning prizes”.
This result leaves the Old Trafford club in place after their worst start for a top-flight year since 1986-87.
A defeat at Norwich in their Premier League fixture that is next will leave them level on points with the Canaries.
And Solskjaer said he is aware of the requirement to swiftly finish a run of four Premier League games without a win.
“You can not look too much in the future – we need to win more games and today has been a lost opportunity,” he said.
“As a manager you want results today – you can not lose five, four or six matches on the rebound. We are seeking to win matches. Today was a step in the ideal direction but not enough.”
England impressed over Australia in their win, but face the evaluation of holders New Zealand for a spot in the World Cup closing.