Though Liverpool dominated the match against Manchester United at Antfield, Jose Mourinho’s team snatched a precious point after an away 0-0 draw against their arch rivals in the English Premier League (EPL) football championship’s eighth round, here on Saturday.
After the away draw, Manchester United provisionally leads the Premier League table with 20 points, one point ahead of Manchester City. Liverpool is now in sixth place with 13 points after its fourth draw this season.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, ManU boss Jose Mourinho said they had come for three points but Liverpool didn’t open the door for his team to win the game. “In the second half we found it hard to do that with the dynamic of the match. I was waiting for Jurgen Klopp to go more attacking but he kept the three strong midfield players all the time and he had control. The second half was like a game of chess but my opponent didn’t open the door for me to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp saw plenty of positives in Liverpool’s performance. He said in the post match press conference that ManU had a more defensive approach. “I think that was obvious but that’s completely fine. After the game, it looked to me like they wanted a point; if they could get three, they would take it of course, but we wanted three. So they are happy and we are not happy.”
“Maybe we didn’t create enough chances, but the problem is that everything you ask is always underlined with negativity. That’s how it is because of our situation. If we would have won the last five games, today we created enough chances to win the game and we should have been given a penalty, maybe a red card and all that stuff. But now, again, we didn’t,” he added.
(With inputs from agencies and official websites of Manchester United and Liverpool)