Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool were ‘more dominant’ in the club’s goalless draw with Manchester United than in the 7-0 win over the same opponents last season.
Liverpool’s perfect home record in the Premier League came to an end after a frustrating 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield, one which saw Klopp’s side struggle to create clear-cut opportunities.
The Reds wasted several good moments in the final, registering an xG of just 2.35 from 34 shots on goal. No side in the Premier League has managed more shots in a game this season.
Klopp said those numbers show ‘a lot of good things’ despite his side missing the chance to move back to the top of the Premier League table.
“I saw a lot of good things, the one thing I don’t like is the result. We should have scored,” Klopp said to Sky Sports.
“We were in a rush in moments but I liked a lot the intensity of the game and the start to the game. Everyone saw what we wanted, our counter-pressing was good as a group and we didn’t let them out.
“I cant remember such a dominant performance against Man Utd – even the 7-0. Now it’s 0-0 they probably feel slightly better than us. But we take the point and keep going.
“It was the type of game I expected. If we play like this it is difficult for the opposite team to get out of their own half and the way United defending was clean with a lot of passion.
“If you score it changes the dynamic of the game and they open up a bit and take more risk. But nothing changed, they threw everything in and it’s a 0-0.”
Klopp refuted suggestions that pre-game talk of last season’s big win over Manchester United influenced his side, insisting Liverpool do not pay attention to outside noise.
“I think you overestimate your influence – we couldn’t be bothered what you say. It has nothing to do with what happens, we knew it would be difficult.
“What everyone says only helps United. Why should we listen to that? They were fired up and I cant remember a game where they turn up with a white flag – it doesn’t happen.
“We tried everything and the numbers we created – in terms of shots – is crazy. But with that about of shots they should be a few more on target. That was our fault today and we go from here.”