Jose Mourinho praises 'very good' aspect of Liverpool's performance

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Liverpool's eagerly anticipated match against Manchester United didn't deliver as expected, despite the Reds dominating with 65% possession.

However, when the media confronted Jose Mourinho about the statistic, he was quick to slam, what the Portuguese claimed, to be the defensive nature of the Reds.

Since Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Anfield a year ago, the German has instilled a high pressing and attack-minded approach to Liverpool's game. So when Mourinho made the claim following Monday night's match, it came as a bit of a surprise.


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However, despite Mourinho appearing to take a swipe at Liverpool - with Klopp having deployed both Emre Can and Jordan Henderson as defensive midfielders - the 53-year-old has rejected the media's idea that it was a dig at the opposition.

Instead, the Red Devils boss has rejected the nature in which the media had interpreted his comments, rather, insisting Liverpool had set up well defensively.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's Europa League meeting at Old Trafford against Fenerbahce, as per The Sun, Mourinho said: “We didn’t get the result we wanted. We got a point so not 100 per cent successful. You are very unfair to Liverpool because that 0-0 result was because of two teams very good defensively.”

“For the first time they played with two defensive midfielders and took a striker off to play another midfielder."

Goal shy

It was the first time since Liverpool's shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley that Klopp's team had failed to score.

However, despite the Reds boss appearing less than thrilled that his side had managed to keep a clean sheet but not win the game, Monday's result was a promising sign considering Liverpool's defensive worries so far this season.

Klopp's men had conceded in all of their Premier League appearances to date, prior to Monday night's result, and it appears Liverpool may have finally found a way in which to stop the opposition.

Clean sheets

Nonetheless, Klopp will not be satisfied with keeping clean sheets if the Reds fail to score in their upcoming fixtures, starting on Saturday against West Brom. Not that it seems likely at the moment, considering the Merseysider's current form.

Liverpool, however, did manage just three shots on target against a disciplined Mourinho side that failed to seriously threaten their old rivals at Anfield on Monday.

That result denied the Reds the outside chance of going top of the Premier League, on goal difference.

Did Liverpool's performance against Manchester United prove they can be more defensively solid in the Premier League? Have your say in the comment box below.

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