Kop boss Jürgen Klopp summed up defeat to Manchester United by declaring ‘the better side lost’…
A recurring theme of Liverpool’s 2015-16 campaign reared its ugly head again on Sunday as the Merseysiders were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal.
Despite being outplayed for long periods of the contest, bitter rivals Manchester United left Anfield with the spoils after scoring inside the final 15 minutes with their only shot on target.
At the other end, a combination of wayward shooting, poor decision making and excellent goalkeeping from United’s David de Gea combined to leave the hosts drawing a blank for the seventh time in the Premier League this season.
The Reds actually fired more shots at goal than any other team has managed against Luis van Gaal’s men this season, but, ultimately, it was to no avail on a deeply disappointing afternoon on Merseyside.
Analysing proceedings and the outcome at his post-match press conference, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp remarked: “I think if Manchester United were to talk about their performance, they’d say it was not that good but they won so they are really happy.
“We played better but feel really frustrated because of the result. Our performance and a lot of things we did today were really good. Creating chances was good, but the finishing was not good otherwise we would have scored a goal.
“The set-play was unlucky because we changed two positions for defending set-plays a few moments before. We didn’t avoid the cross, lose Fellaini, bar, lose Rooney – goal.
“Three mistakes around the goal, which is obviously too much against a team with the quality of Manchester United. Today there was not enough time to come back in the game.
“At this moment it is frustrating, how it should be, but we have to carry on and that’s what we’ll do.”
Victory would have moved Klopp’s side level on points with United but instead the gap between the two increases to six as Liverpool’s hopes of a top four finish begin to look increasingly remote.
Indeed, if Watford defeat Swansea City on Monday night, the Reds will drop to 10th place in the Premier League table with an eight point gap to bridge to the Champions League qualifying places.
With the club scoring just 25 times in 22 league games so far this term, and possessing a -3 goal difference, the main issue is clear for all to see.
“I cannot make the last push of the ball over the line,” added Klopp. “That’s not possible. But it’s my job to help them create chances.
“In this moment it seems to be not too easy for us. We can talk about this game but I don’t want to talk about common problems in football; because all teams have problems, some problems are different.
“What I can say is it’s my job to help them to more often come into clear situations where it’s easier for them to score goals.”
Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday night when Exeter City head to Anfield for their FA Cup third round replay.
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