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Jurgen Klopp revealed what Man Utd tactic caused Liverpool problems, and joked about the manner of the first and third goals they conceded.
Liverpool slumped to a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Man Utd in Bangkok. The friendly kicked off each side’s pre-season campaign, with Klopp and Erik ten Hag taking different approaches to their selections.
Ten Hag chose arguably his strongest available eleven for the first half before bringing on the second string and youngsters at half time.
In contrast, Klopp rotated every outfield player on both the half hour and hour mark, with the first two iterations mainly featuring squad players and youth.
After even early exchanges, Jadon Sancho punished a lax clearance from 17-year-old full-back, Isaac Mabaya.
Fred lobbed Alisson to double the lead before Anthony Martial made it three after latching on to a Rhys Williams mistake.
Liverpool’s big guns came on for the final half hour including Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan looked lively, though blazed over late on with the goal gaping.
Speaking after the match, Klopp explained which Ten Hag tactic caused his side issues.
“I saw a lot of good performances in moments, but no consistency,” said the German (via the Manchester Evening News):
“Sometimes we were in a rush, the way United defended in a man-marking system, especially in midfield, we gave the ball away and they finished the moments off, that was obvious.
“The way United is playing with this man-marking idea you need more flexibility, when Harvey [Elliott] came in the middle we were more dangerous.”
Admitting the 4-0 defeat was ultimately a fair scoreline, Klopp added: “The result is fair, fair, we have to accept that. But it’s clear we could have scored our goals as well and then it would have been a more spectacular game.”
Klopp jokes about Man Utd goals
The first and third goals Liverpool conceded both came from individual errors. Isaac Mabaya and Rhys Williams were the offenders, while Nat Phillips was fortunate not to be responsible for another goal when gifting an opportunity to Sancho and Rashford.
Joking about the manner in which Liverpool conceded multiple goals, Klopp added: “The goals we gave away, we could have got assists for it.
“They used the chances, they caused us problems, but I saw a lot of good stuff from my team.
“The game came a bit too early for us, individual mistakes happen in football. It was pretty clear where we made mistakes but we could have scored three or four in the last five minutes and we didn’t, that’s our fault.”
Liverpool are a week behind Man Utd in their respective pre-season preparations. United were visibly sharper and Klopp opted to rotate his entire team on both the half hour and hour marks.
Defending that decision which ultimately put Liverpool way behind before the big guns came on, Klopp concluded: “We have to do what is right for us.
“We can’t have a look at what line-up the opponent uses, United have been in training a week longer for the core group.
“We don’t want to take anything away from United, they did really well, but we showed glimpses of our football when we really dangerous, some moments were quite freaky that we didn’t score.”
Klopp satisfied with pre-season preparations
In a separate interview via Liverpool’s official website, Klopp ran the rule over Liverpool’s pre-season tour to the far east.
“We were not on tours for a long time, so we do it now and from here to Singapore, I think we fly two-and-a-half hours so that should be fine.
“Then on Saturday we already go home again, so that’s fine. So far, it’s really OK apart from the result. Everything is, so far, OK.
“The welcome here was fantastic and I am pretty sure in Singapore it will be similar. We flew with Singapore Airlines and the crew were already on fire when they flew us from Liverpool to Bangkok, so we have a sense of what we can expect there.
“Organisation was really good, the traffic nobody can judge that, obviously. It’s really tricky, but in the stadium it was really well organised, people were very disciplined, so that was nice.
“As I said, it was really, really good but not the result we wanted.”
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