Liverpool are not the last wonder of the world: Jose

NO GO AT GOAL: Liverpool's Coutinho shooting at goal during the second half of the match against Manchester United on Monday. But United goalkeeper de Gea (not in photo) saved the attempt.


    Oct 19, 2016

    Liverpool are not the last wonder of the world: Jose


    MANCHESTER United manager Jose Mourinho said his team had exposed Liverpool's shortcomings after holding Juergen Klopp's well-regarded team to a 0-0 draw.

    The Reds went into Monday's game at Anfield seeking a sixth successive win in all competitions and bidding to draw level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City and second-place Arsenal.

    But United restricted them to few chances, with visiting goalkeeper David de Gea largely untroubled apart from a pair of eye-catching second-half saves to deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho.

    "The goalkeeper (de Gea) was on holiday for 90 minutes but he had two big saves to do and he did," said Mourinho, whose side remain seventh in the table.

    "When we recover the ball, I was expecting the team to be more dangerous, (although) we had two good chances, but Liverpool did too.

    "They are not the last wonder of the world like you (the media) say they are, but they are a very good team so we had to adapt a little to them."

    United largely succeeded in stifling Liverpool, with wide players Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young notably dropping deep to create a six-man defence at times.

    Liverpool improved following the 59th-minute introduction of Adam Lallana, either side of which de Gea showed characteristically snappy reactions to foil Can and Coutinho.

    Liverpool manager Klopp dismissed suggestions his players had been affected by being saddled with the pre-match favourites tag.

    "We were not favourites in the dressing room. Tonight, nobody thought about this.

    "You could see Man United is physically stronger than we are. We couldn't get rid of the hectic (mindset) - that was the problem.

    "When you have the ball, you have to calm down immediately and that is what we didn't do."