The backlash from Manchester United's defeat against Liverpool in the Europa League Round of 16 has been quite significant.
Unsurprisingly, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has once again been the subject of criticism from all areas - Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have most definitely made their feelings clear - while Reds chief Jurgen Klopp has been hailed by all those around him.
Klopp, of course, guided his side to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Anfield last night thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino, but he will be well aware that the tie is far from over with the return leg at Old Trafford set to take place next Thursday.
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But it was clear for all to see that Liverpool were superior to their rivals in every way; the Merseyside outfit may well trail United by three points in the league, but they had far more about them on an eventful European night.
While United failed to stamp their mark on proceedings, Liverpool took control from the first minute and dominated their rivals. For one reason or another, the stars from Old Trafford just didn't turn up.
Van Gaal to blame
So, who is responsible for the dire situation that the club find themselves in? Well many, obviously, are placing the blame firmly on the shoulders of Van Gaal.
Despite having spent a huge sum of money throughout his tenure at the club, the Dutchman hasn't been able to improve his side. United are mediocre and appear to be stuck in transition. There's a lack of direction at the club right now and the dynamic has to change sooner rather than later.
Klopp, on the other hand, has really started to get his Liverpool side playing. There's still work to be done at the club - they are by no means the finished article - but they are slowly but surely starting to look like Klopp's team.
Gary Lineker certainly thinks that Klopp's Liverpool are beginning to come to prominence. The BT Sport pundit took to Twitter after last night's contest to claim that the revered Liverpool boss is gradually transforming the club while claiming that Van Gaal has failed to do that in Manchester.
Lineker tweeted: "Klopp is gradually transforming Liverpool into an energetic, coherent unit, in a way that Van Gaal has failed to do with Manchester United."
A 3-0 victory for United at the Theatre of Dreams next week may well change the opinion of many, but this Red Devils team just don't look strong enough to do just that.
Ultimately, they are a shadow of their former selves and have a long way to go in pursuit of redemption.
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