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Jurgen Klopp during Man United 0-0 Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool 'could have beaten' Man United if not for first half injuries

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Liverpool and Manchester United played out a bore 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Due to both team's prowess in attack, many expected the game to be high-scoring.

But that did not prove to be the case.

Both teams struggled to create throughout, but Man United could have taken all three points right at the end.

With time running out, Romelu Lukaku sent in a wonderful ball into the box.

But Chris Smalling failed to throw himself at it and thus the game ended all square.

It really was a bizarre and underwhelming game.

In the first half there were four injuries; three for Manchester United and one for Liverpool.

Because the home side had to use up all three substitutes in the first half, it was expected that Liverpool would have the upper hand.

But they failed to take any advantage as they put in a poor performance.

Jurgen Klopp thinks injuries made Liverpool lose their rhythm

In his post-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp actually claimed that his side could have won had it not been for the first half injuries.

Per Simon Stone of the BBC, Klopp said: "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."

That does seem like a bizarre excuse. If anything, United should have been more affected.

They lost Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard in the opening 45 minutes, while Liverpool only lost Roberto Firmino.

Football fans have taken to Twitter to express their feelings about Klopp's comment.

Klopp went on to say his side was 'not flexible enough' in attack.

"I'm not here to be frustrated," he continued, per 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."

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