Klopp Blames Manchester United’s Injuries For Liverpool’s Poor Result

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the match.

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Manchester United and Liverpool fought out a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Sunday – a result that could have drastic long-term consequences in the Premier League this season.

The much-anticipated fixture wasn’t as eventful as many expected it to be, with injuries hampering both the teams, especially the home side.

While the visitors only had to replace Roberto Firmino, the Red Devils ended up making all three of their substitutions before the break, having lost Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard in the first half itself.

Despite being the more fortunate of the two gaffers in this department, however, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has shockingly claimed that his side would have picked up the victory had it not been for the Mancunian giants’ injuries.

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After the game, the German claimed (via Simon Stone of the BBC): “If we had carried on like we started we could have won but we lost our rhythm with the injuries.

“If United had played like they have been, with the same players, it would have been a different game. They would have known what they were doing and so would we.”

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“I’m not here to be frustrated,” he continued further (via the Telegraph). “I always take what I can get from the boys, it doesn’t feel world class in the moment but Wednesday next game.

“I didn’t see a lot of problems, what are we doing in the final third what are we doing with buildup, it was not flexible enough. A game like this was just really strange with all this injuries. It happened to us with Bobby, hopefully it’s not too serious.

“To find out form, form and confidence is in football what you can work for. Luck you can work for. You have to really try it, the attitude is not questioned but keep cool, pass the ball, right areas, finish situations off.”