Jamie Carragher explains how Jurgen Klopp got it wrong against Man United


Liverpool welcomed an on form Manchester United side to Anfield on Saturday in one of the most hotly anticipated match-ups of the season so far.

The home side have endured an indifferent start to their season while their visitors came flying out of the blocks, blowing teams away with some swashbuckling attacking play.

Unfortunately for the massive worldwide audience, the Anfield tussle turned into a bit of a damp squib, ending in an anticlimactic stalemate after United set out to defend and Liverpool failed to break them down.

David De Gea was at his spectacular best to deny Joel Matip but other than that the game was devoid of any significant goalmouth action.

Both teams did a magnificent job of cancelling each other out but the end result was yet another snore draw in a game that has completely failed to live up to its billing on the last few occasions.

While many people took aim at Jose Mourinho for the way in which he set his team up to avoid conceding, Jamie Carragher felt that Jurgen Klopp missed a trick too, feeling that the German's second-half substitutions were a little safe and unadventurous.

Carragher felt that the most telling sign that Klopp was desperate not to lose was his decision to haul Philippe Coutinho off instead of one of his midfield trio of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson or Giorginio Wijnaldum.

"Jurgen Klopp made changes but he still kept the three-man midfield the same," he told Sky Sports.

"Manchester United showed such a lack of ambition, it was worth taking a risk by leaving Coutinho on and bringing on another attacking player.

"Yes, you can get done on the counter but it was obvious United were here for a 0-0 and hoping to nick a goal from a set-piece or a counter-attack.


"I think Liverpool should have taken the risk to take (Gini) Wijnaldum or Can off.

"It's not easy as a manager but I'd have taken that chance earlier and the substitutions shouldn't have been just player for player, but more tactical.

"It would have given Liverpool an extra attacking player on the pitch - it could have cost them the game, but it could have won them the game - but the position Liverpool are in, it was a game they had to go for."

Fair to say then that both managers seemed more intent on avoiding defeat than snatching all three points!

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