Graeme Souness: This is what Liverpool can do under Jurgen Klopp
The ex-Liverpool captain says Jurgen Klopp's side are capable of knuckling down and grinding out results
Graeme Souness believes Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday highlighted the Reds’s ability to scrap if required.
Liverpool edged into a first-half lead in Manchester after vice-captain James Milner broke the deadlock from the spot with a confident penalty after Paul Pogba handled the ball in the area.
The 18-time English champions came under intense pressure in the second half after Jose Mourinho opted to bring on towering Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini and revert to long balls.
The visitors were unable to keep a clean sheet as the pressure finally took its tool after Zlatan Ibrahimovic guided a header past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Manchester United bombarded the Liverpool area in search of a late winner but the away side managed to hold on and create some chances of their own on the counter-attack.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, Souness heaped praise on his former club for grinding out a point despite an aerial bombardment.
“Definitely [it’s evidence Liverpool can scrap]. In the first half, they were able to play and cause Manchester United problems. At half-time, Jose decided to go long,” Souness said.
“It’s a game where the only thing I’ll be critical of Liverpool for is because they put so much effort into that high press game, you need lots of energy to do it and you do tail off. Just before Coutinho came on, Origi couldn’t get a hold of the ball and they couldn’t get out of their half.
“You just want your team to keep hold of the ball better than they did. Coutinho came on and they had that little spell where they can keep the ball. Ultimately, they succumbed to the long ball.”