Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been left frustrated after watching his team play out a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
Klopp suffered the setback of losing Georginio Wijnaldum to a hamstring injury for the clash which also saw key midfielder Adam Lallana resigned to the bench after a niggling groin problem.
Manchester United, who set out with typically defensive Jose Mourinho tactics, stifled all Liverpool rhythm which has left Klopp lamenting his team’s lack of courage.
‘We didn’t play as well as we could have played. We started OK and immediately with their defending we weren’t brave anymore, we didn’t wait for the right pass,’ Klopp said after the game.
‘They didn’t create chances, maybe two in the second half and De Gea made two or three great saves but in the end our performance was not what it should be,’ he added.
One silver lining for the manager was seeing his defenders secure their first clean sheet of the season, only his second 0-0 draw since replacing Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager – but that won’t make the result any easier to take.
‘It is a first clean sheet, so yippee,’ Klopp added sarcastically.
‘We weren’t calm enough, that is their style that is OK you need to have respect but be cool. That is not the way we want to play but I accept it we got a point, there are worse things in the world.’