Jose Mourinho says Liverpool have a problem trying to beat teams who play a “low block” after assessing the European champions’ below-par performance against Manchester United on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Adam Lallana’s strike five minutes from time in a game that appeared to hinge on two controversial VAR decisions; Jurgen Klopp was certainly laughing about.
In truth, however, Liverpool were fortunate to claim a point in a game in which they were well below their best – our Player Ratings afterwards certainly reflected on an afternoon of struggle for the visitors.
After the match, Klopp bemoaned United’s style, saying his side found it difficult to break down the hosts’ defence and get a foothold in the game.
And this was something Mourinho agreed with, recognising that Liverpool’s failure to break down United’s “low block” is a major flaw in their armoury.
“Their quality as a team to play against a low block, which is a problem that sometimes they have,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “They have these fantastic records of all these victories, but they have some limitations against teams with low blocks.”
Liverpool are without a win at Old Trafford since 2014 and are yet to enjoy a win there under Klopp – something Mourinho was quick to remind the German about.
“Jurgen clearly has a little bit of frustration, they are a fantastic team, but at Old Trafford, a special place for Liverpool to win, he never did it.”
Klopp was evidently quite frustrated to see Liverpool’s winning streak in the Premier League halted at 17 by their closest rivals and Mourinho couldn’t resist another opportunity to poke fun at his long-term nemesis.
“[It’s] Because he never beat Manchester United at Old Trafford,” was Mourinho’s simple reply, before adding: “He didn’t like the menu. ‘He likes meat and got fish, so he was not happy.