Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict on Jose Mourinho’s Man United tactics

The Liverpool manager discusses the challenge of facing Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side after goalless draw

Jurgen Klopp refused to criticise Jose Mourinho’s conservative tactics after Manchester United’s goalless draw with Liverpool on Monday night.

The United manager started with Belgium international Marouane Fellaini and 31-year-old wing-back Ashley Young as Mourinho looked to thwart Liverpool’s in-form attack.

And the hosts were limited to just three shots on target during a testing 90 minutes at Anfield as Klopp’s Liverpool side failed to find their trademark rhythm.

The Merseyside outfit’s point leaves them two points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal after eight games.

Speaking at his post-match media conference at Anfield on Monday night, Klopp was asked if Mourinho’s conservative approach was in fact a compliment to his Liverpool side.

“I’m pretty sure the last thing Jose Mourinho wanted to do was pay a compliment to my team,” Klopp said.

“He thought about his line-up, you saw the line-up.

“It was clear there would be a lot of high balls in the game, so we needed to make pressure high because of Smalling, Blind, whoever, Bailly. When they play the long balls, it’s difficult, and Fellaini is immediately in our last row and Ibrahimovic is there and Pogba is there.

“It’s really difficult to defend, but we did it really well.”

Liverpool are unbeaten in the Premier League since a surprise 2-0 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor in their second game of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

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United, on the other hand, are in seventh place in the Premier League table ahead of Mourinho’s return to Chelsea in their next top-flight game on Sunday afternoon.

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