Liverpool could never be as defensive as Manchester United, says Jurgen Klopp

Jose Mourinho: "We came for three points but in the second half we found it hard to do that with the dynamic of the match". I waited for Jurgen to make a change, go more attacking, but he kept with the three strong central midfielders. "I was waiting for Jurgen to change", Mourinho said by way of explanation.

"For me today, one team who can become champion this year was in our stadium and is not a world apart from us".

The defence has been a long-standing issue which, by his own admission, Klopp is losing patience with, but the growing concern for Liverpool prior to the worldwide break was their wastefulness in front of goal. "That midfield was stronger than my midfield. The second half was like a game of chess but my opponent didn't open the door for me to win the game".

"They're going to be challenging for the title anyway, as far as I'm concerned, so it's actually a more important game for Liverpool", he explained.

The Portuguese manager has a reputation for shutting up shop in games against big teams - particularly in away matches, which Saturday's is - but Sky Sports report that the United boss laughed off suggestions that he would go ultra-defensive.

Aside from a first-half Romelu Lukaku effort that was saved by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, United didn't muster a single effort on target and they barely threatened at all in the second half, prompted Klopp to suggest that Mourinho's team got exactly what they wanted when they arrived at Anfield.

United look like a different beast this season, though, and with Liverpool winless at home since August the visitors may be tempted to attack more than they have on recent visits - something which could play into the hosts' hands.

Klopp felt his side dominated the game and felt his side should have had a penalty after Philippe Coutinho went down under pressure from Ander Herrera. After pinching the ball off Coutinho's toes, Mohamed Salah thrashed the rebound wide of the left-hand post.

It took a dazzling stop from De Gea to keep the scoreline blank in the 34th minute, the Spaniard jutting out his left foot to block Matip's close-range volley from Roberto Firmino's cross. Before the game, you can ask any United fan, we'd have been happy coming away from here with a point today before the game, without question.

This was the first real test of United's title ambitions, following a start to the season that has seen them face the Premier League's also-rans.

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