A disappointing day for Liverpool as they were beat 2-1 at Old Trafford by Manchester United.
A positive start to the game for the Reds as they had most of the possession in the opening 10 minutes but Marcus Rashford opened the scoring on the 14th minute after Romelu Lukaku flicked header found the feet of Rashford who shrugged off Trent Alexander-Arnold far too easily and slotted the ball into the far corner.
I mentioned in my post ‘Looking ahead to Man United vs Liverpool’ on Thursday that I though Jurgen Klopp would play Trent over Joe Gomez at right-back simply because Gomez was struggling with his match fitness having only played his first 90 minutes against Porto mid-week. After impressing in his recent games for the Reds Alexander-Arnold remained at right-back today but wasn’t at his best. For Rashford’s first goal he was wrong side of him, Dejan Lovren committed himself forward to try and win the header therefore Alexander-Arnold should have moved inside to cover but he never which left Rashford with open space to run at goal.
Their second goal is a similar situation with defender Lovren and Alexander-Arnold switching off again and after a deflection off of the right-back the ball ended up in the back of the net to make it 2-0 to the home team.
Although the Reds enjoyed majority of the possession for the game, there was barely any clear-cut chances for our front three today. Fair play to Mourinho as he knew how to stop our attack today and their defenders executed it well. You could tell it was frustrating for Salah, Mane and Firmino but they can’t let it dishearten them as they gave still scored a enormous amount of goals together this season and I’m sure they will bounce back in the next game. Mourinho employs those type of tactics for a reason and although they are not the most exciting, they do get the results.
Some refereeing decisions have got to be questioned today also, for me I felt like a lot of the Manchester United players where wasting time, especially towards the end of the game, when they were falling over after silly challenges and staying down for a few minutes. We could have also had 2 or 3 penalties in that game after a few challenges, the one against Antonio Valencia for handball may have been a bit harsh because his arms are down by his sides but Salah was held in the box in the second half and Mane was also challenged in the area by Fellaini but unfortunately the referee and his assistants waved away all of them.
For me, we are to heavily reliant on our front three to create and score opportunities. Out of the 68 Premier League goals Liverpool have scored this season, Salah, Mane and Firmino have been involved in 45 of them. We would have hoped that they would have torn apart Man United’s defence today but all three struggled to make a real impact.
The Reds are still on track to finish in the top four and could still finish second in the table, this is a little bump in the round but one that we could afford. It is never nice to lose a game, especially against United, but we have got to forget about this one and move on and look ahead to the next game and bounce back.
Article By Lauren Black
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