New Liverpool signing: How Man United paid Jurgen Klopp’s players a compliment
Loris Karius says Manchester United's conservative approach highlighted their respect for Liverpool
Loris Karius has claimed that Manchester United paid Liverpool a compliment with their conservative tactics in a goalless draw at Anfield on Monday.
Jose Mourinho set up his Red Devils side to contain the hosts and Liverpool were limited to just three shots on target on a frustrating night.
When the home side did manage to test David De Gea, the United number one pulled off two world-class saves to deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho.
Karius, on the other hand, had a quiet evening despite the summer signing looking nervous at times in the Liverpool goal ahead of Simon Mignolet.
And the Liverpool number one felt United showed their respect for Klopp’s in-form Liverpool side with their cautious approach to the north-west derby at Anfield.
“We knew we had to be patient because it’s going to be tough,” Karius told Goal as quoted by Liverpool’s website.
“United maybe waited for the one chance to get a goal, as obviously their priority was to stop our play, our attacks.
“They know we’re a really strong team, so that’s a compliment for us.
“Second half, we managed better to get through, but United defended well with De Gea making top saves.”
Karius moved to Liverpool in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga side Mainz in the summer transfer window.
The Liverpool goalkeeper started his first Premier League game last month when the Reds were 5-1 winners against Hull City.