Most would say that Liverpool’s performance in the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Europa League was close to perfect.
They scored two goals but it would have been four or five if not for David de Gea’s heroics. Liverpool were a threat every time they went forward and stifled United’s attack.
But, in a report that will extremely worry United fans, Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his team can play even better.
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Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scored the goals that give Liverpool a huge advantage ahead of next week’s return leg.
Yet Klopp was disappointed with certain aspects of Liverpool’s display.
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“It was the perfect result, but we can play better,” the 48-year-old said, per the Mirror.
“In the first half, we lost a little bit of patience, played too many risky passes, and created problems for ourselves.”
If there’s any proof that Klopp is a perfectionist, this is it.
Wasteful in front of goal
Yet he’s right to feel slightly aggrieved. Liverpool had 13 shots in total - eight on target - but were only able to get past De Gea twice.
The German bemoaned his team’s wastefulness in the aftermath.
“We could have scored more, we know De Gea is a very good ‘keeper, so we have to keep going and create even more chances,” he added.
Louis van Gaal will have taken nothing positive away from the game - Paul Scholes described his former team’s performance as a “shambles” - but Klopp is fully aware that the tie is not over.
“I don't think we are through, it will be tough there,” he continued. “But we were happy with the draw, happy with the game, and the atmosphere was truly wonderful, really great and easy to enjoy from the first to last second.
“That was Liverpool how I knew it before I came here and I am really happy here. And when we are through then...I don't know what I will do!”
Klopp may be looking for his team to be more clinical in the future, but Scholes simply wants United to find some sort of identity.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail as telling BT Sport: “For 20 years Manchester United had an identity. You were going to play fast football, going to pass the ball forward, tackle, run. The last three years they have gone away from something that worked.
“You look at the pitch tonight and what are they trying to do? I have absolutely no idea. The first half was shocking, the second half they go to three at the back, which they tried last season and was a disaster, and tonight again it was a disaster.”
United need to find inspiration from somewhere in order to overturn their two-goal deficit.
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