Defensive United hold on to a draw against Liverpool

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool, who have not tasted victory over their fierce rivals in the Premier League since March 2014, failed to cut the gap on United, who remain seven points clear of them after stretching their unbeaten run to eight games. 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.

Jose Mourinho knows all about winning Premier League titles.

"After the game, it looked to me like they wanted a point; if they could get three, they would take it of course, but we wanted three".

That has never been Mourinho's way.

Liverpool and United played out a boring stalemate at Anfield, with Jose Mourinho slamming Jurgen Klopp for playing defensive in the Anfield clash.

"So we go to where we want to go, we go to play against a big team with a big tradition in an unbelievable stadium with great tradition".

City had six goal scorers, with Gabriel Jesus netting a brace at the Etihad this afternoon, much to the delight of Pep Guardiola.




Seven points already separate the two sides in the Premier League table, but this will be United's first real test of their title credentials and both teams will go into the biggest match in English football confident of picking up a win.

Liverpool's third draw in four matches leaves them sixth. "For sure you could not play this way at Liverpool, but it's OK for Manchester United".

"I said it was obvious they had a more defensive approach, I think that was obvious, but that's completely fine", he said. He kept the strong midfield and that midfield was stronger than mine.

"I was waiting for Jurgen to change, I was waiting for him to go more attacking but he kept the three strong midfielders all the time where he was having control because I only had Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic".

"The first half was a bit of chess, but the opponent didn't open the door for me to win the game. A point at Anfield is OK". Klopp felt United striker Romelu Lukaku could have been shown a red card after catching the prone Dejan Lovren in the face with his boot in a first-half tussle, although replays suggested the contact was accidental.

"Even at the start of the season I don't think Liverpool fans expected them to win the title - I certainly didn't". But he nearly put United ahead against the run of play following a slick exchange involving Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, only for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to parry.

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