Jurgen Klopp complained that Manchester United played like a “wall” as Liverpool were frustrated at Old Trafford.
The Premier League leaders’ winning start to the season came to an end when Adam Lallana rescued a point for the Reds, cancelling out Marcus Rashford’s controversial opener.
Liverpool were aggrieved that the goal should have been ruled out for a foul on Divock Origi in the buildup, but it stood after a VAR check, much to their frustrations.
Nonetheless, Klopp had to defend his players by saying they were worth the point after a lacklustre performance.
“We were good enough for a point,” he told BBC Sport. “We gave Man Utd an opportunity to play the way they wanted to play with five at the back etc. They were hardworking.
“Our orientation wasn’t good enough. We felt under pressure when we weren’t and could have turned inside at some opportunities.
“The first goal I think everyone can agree it was a foul but with VAR it is not a clear foul. That is the situation. We didn’t lose but it was an obvious foul. There was clear contact and Divock Origi goes down. They carried on and counter-attacked. Yes, there is contact, I’m sure they said that but it is not a ‘clear foul?’ That doesn’t work. That’s just not how it should be.
“Then we got a disallowed goal. I didn’t see it back but it was probably handball but everything just seemed to go against us.
“We changed a little bit our formation and had these moments. Then we scored the goal and was in charge of the game. The stadium was silent and people probably thought Liverpool would score but we take the point and move on.
“We always play against the wall. We need to do better but it is how it is. I don’t think Man Utd can play like this if the other team doesn’t have the ball as much. We play very often against a team like this. Maybe we can do better. One point is completely fine. We carry on.”