Paul Scholes believes Liverpool ‘blew the league’ last season following their goalless draw at Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp’s side finished as runners-up by the narrowest of margins last season, falling just one point short of champions Manchester City as their long wait for a league title extended for at least another season.
Liverpool would drop points following a goalless draw with their North West rivals in February, and ahead of this weekend’s clash between the two sides at Old Trafford, Scholes believes Liverpool’s failure to secure victory on last season’s trip to an injury-hit United proved costly.
Manchester United would be forced into early substitutions due to injuries to Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, whilst Jesse Lingard would also be forced off in the first half after coming on as a substitute himself.
Despite dominating possession Liverpool failed to create any clear cut opportunities, and Scholes believes the fixture was ultimately their downfall in the title race.
“Liverpool missed a big chance to win at Old Trafford last year, you could argue they blew the league at Old Trafford last year,” Scholes told BBC Five Live.
“United were really struggling at the time with injuries, very much as they are this year. After maybe half an hour they had to make the three subs, and Liverpool were really poor on the day.”