Klopp Digs Mourinho For His Long Ball Tactics
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sent a veiled message to the Manchester United for resorting to long-ball football during Sunday’s 1-1 draw.
United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header cancelled out James Milner’s penalty at Old Trafford, leaving Liverpool without a win in four games.
Klopp said: “They play long balls in a wild game. We played the better football and had the better plan.”
Klopp added: “When you see the line-ups and our circumstances, we had lots of little issues, you say ‘a point at Old Trafford – let’s take it and go home.’ Of course it now doesn’t feel like that because of the performance of my boys.”
The German believes Liverpool were “dominating” until the 75th minute and, though his side only had 45% of possession, they did better the shot count with 13 to United’s nine.
The Reds ran 12km further than their hosts but are now on their longest winless run of the season in all competitions.
“In the end period of the game when United started playing long balls – to Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – after 80 minutes high intense football it is really hard,” added Klopp.
“Usually you can accept a draw at Manchester United but I think after the entire 98 minutes we could have deserved a win.”
United counterpart Jose Mourinho said: “We attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended.”
Mourinho, criticised for negative tactics in a goalless draw at Anfield earlier in the season, said he wanted to “see if the critics are fair” after Sunday’s draw, after which he said Liverpool were “happy with a point”.
“They were clever,” added Mourinho. “They took their time, they know how to play football and control the emotions of the game.
“They knew they would be in trouble in the final few minutes.”