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‘They all defend with everything they have’

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared less than impressed with how Manchester United prepared for the team’s 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Klopp’s men dominated possession and had a lot more shots on goal, but it was United who had the better chances and would have come away with all three points had goalkeeper Alisson not been on guard.

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Thiago was particularly impressive with possession | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Liverpool finished the game with 66% of the ball, and Klopp confessed BBC Sport that he’s not much of a fan of United’s preferred approach.

“We played football, tried to do it, force them to go back to their own club,” he said. “The worst thing you can face in the world, in football, is you play against a team with world class players and they all defend with everything they have, deep in the surface and only counterattack.

“It’s really tough – that’s the biggest challenge.”

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Klopp was upset by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Liverpool failed to break through United’s stubborn defense meaning they are now on a scoreless three-game streak, but Klopp insisted he was not concerned about the difficulties of the Reds in front of goal.

“There is nothing fundamentally different, it’s just that the result is different,” Klopp said (via the club’s official website). “We try and we don’t score or we try and we score – that’s a big difference, to be honest.

“It’s not that we ignore the fact and just hope it will be good again. We did, but the only possibility you have to score goals is to create situations and be prepared to fail and start over. It’s a huge difference between the two. when you steal and score with just about every chance you have, because then you deal better with missed opportunities. It’s just information. It is the difference and nothing else.

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Liverpool’s goals have dried up | PAUL ELLIS / Getty Images

“I saw my team play tonight and saw a very good football team with a clear idea, with great passes, great counterpress and a great desire to score – but we didn’t score . We are going to create chances and we will score, but I know, now we face Burnley on Thursday and they are not known to have conceded a lot of goals, and then a few days later we play against United again and they obviously defend with everything. they have.

“It’s not that we just decide from now on that we want to score again and now we will, but I really see the boys in the situation and I’m going to help as much as I can so that we change that the most quickly possible. . “

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