It ended as a disappointing day for us as Liverpool lost 2-1 to arch-rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday. A win would have seen us leapfrog United into the second-place but it simply wasn’t our day as the hosts clung to three vital points.
Liverpool started on the front-foot and dominated possession, however, creating very little chances. And that domination turned futile as Marcus Rashford twice punished our defensive mistakes in the first-half.
The two United goals set the momentum for the hosts and we just simply failed to find an answer. Although Liverpool pulled one back through an Eric Bailly own goal in the second-half, we purely struggled to display the attacking flair at Old Trafford.
Much was spoken about the threat our fearsome trio carried but United were up to the task, cutting off the supply line to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
While our midfielders dominated the proceedings in the second-half, the forward line endured an off day, lacking the usual wit and creativity which summed up a disappointing day at Old Trafford.
“Because of the goals they scored, it’s clear,” our manager Jurgen Klopp was quoted by the Telegraph.
“You always can lose a header challenge with Lukaku, that can always happen and there’s a gap in behind and we need to close that. We were in these situations, not there. It made it not easy here so then a lot of OK moments, two good moments we could have finished better, the set pieces were all good.
“I thought second half we chased the game, that’s what you have to do, then scored the goal and yeh, had more chances. I think it was a clear penalty with Fellaini on Sadio. I think we need the right decisions. It was early 2-0 but it didn’t happen and we reacted, that’s our duty, and what we said before the game is true after it. We lost.”
Frustrated with the result, here we bring you the reaction of our fans.
3 missed penalties. Young fouling Salah all game long. Great fight back in the second. But credit to Man U. Clinical from Rashford.
— Dr. Charles (@DrCharlesBrown) March 10, 2018
There is a correlation between Lovren giving interviews before a game and a fuck up in said game. Someone, anyone at the club, please tell him to stfu.
— αVρ (@Ade__Star) March 10, 2018
Can’t blame lovren for that
— Owen (@owen_htfc_lfc) March 10, 2018
lovren didn’t have a bad game all the lads did. Trent needs to be sent back to the u23 for now
— hgnkyg (@bailey_111577) March 10, 2018
If lovren won both of those headers against Lukaku the goals wouldn’t have been there for Rashford.
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@ericftzr) March 10, 2018
It was lovrens fault his positioning when lukaku won those headers was terrible
— AM (@Goatial11) March 10, 2018
We should have had 2 pens, are they going to install VAR already?
— Jad Sadaka (@JadSadaka) March 10, 2018
We got robbed by the refs. How that Valencia handball not a penalty and young pulling Salah in the box.
— Praveen Kumar Prasad (@Praveen86316453) March 10, 2018
— ₁ (@KariusEdition) March 10, 2018
— SBC Trading Tips (@sbc_tips) March 10, 2018
Let’s be honest we should have had 2 penalties at least but Utd deserved this win. Amazing in defence and clinical upfront as for Liverpool poor in defence and poor in midfield and not as clinical up front. Proves we need a creative player shown here
— ⚡️Gerard Delaney⚡️ (@Gerard33Delaney) March 10, 2018
MANE FUCKING AWFUL
— jœrdæñ. (@jordaaaanx) March 10, 2018
Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton
Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.
His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.
It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.
Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.
However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.
The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.
“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”
The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.
Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.
“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”
The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.
Stats prove this Liverpool star is back to his best after win against Southampton
Mohamed Salah scored in the 3-0 win over Southampton but he could have gotten a few more too. The Egyptian was unlucky that a goal was called offside and also had a brilliant backheel just going wide of the post.
The former AS Roma forward hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last season but Sky Sports shared some stats that prove otherwise.
The forward is still some way off matching his 32 goals from last season in the Premier League but now, he has three to his name.
📈 THE SALAH STATS
Mohamed Salah ended his mini goal drought against Southampton and, despite suggestions he is short of form, the stats underline his continued threat for Liverpool: https://t.co/EvKOPzWxW5 | @p_smith86 pic.twitter.com/nqc1C4Nw1b
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 22, 2018
What will come as a major relief, however, is that the 25-year-old is getting into the right places to score. The forward was brilliant but that little bit of luck was missing when it came to his finishing.
He did score our third goal against the Saints as he reacted to Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and that just proves he is hungry as ever to get on the scoresheet.
Fortunately for Liverpool, we have goals coming in from other positions too. Joel Matip got one yesterday, while we have also seen James Milner, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum score multiple times this season.
Liverpool and the Egyptian haven’t looked as sharp as they did last season but that is a good sign for the coming months.
The Reds are on top of the Premier League and once Salah starts banging the goals in, we should win games more comfortably.
Stat proves Liverpool have made Anfield a fortress as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0
Liverpool made it seven wins a row in all competitions on Saturday after beating Southampton 3-0. The Reds were barely troubled by the Saints as an own goal from Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring for us.
Joel Matip got the second before Mohamed Salah finished the scoring in the first half to keep us at the top of the Premier League.
The win saw us register our fourth clean sheet of the season but also brought up another stat regarding our domination of teams at Anfield.
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 22, 2018
Liverpool didn’t lose a single Premier League game at home last season and have continued that form in this campaign too.
The only concern for us has to be the draws at Anfield. Last season, we dropped a number of points despite taking the lead in games.
Everton and Tottenham were a couple of teams that pulled off draws at our home but this season has a different feel for the Reds.
This is the first time we have won our opening seven games in the history of the club. And we should break a few more records along the way.
Our next clash is in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea at Anfield and it will be interesting to see how it goes against our title rivals.
We face the Blues next weekend in a huge Premier League clash as well and hopefully, the Reds will come up with all three points at Stamford Bridge and continue our march.
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