'Manchester United Have Benefited From No Fans In Stadiums Unlike Liverpool'
Defending Premier League champions Liverpool have been 'hurt' by no fans being allowed into stadiums as Manchester United have benefited without them.
That's according to The Anfield Wrap's Gareth Roberts, who claims that Jurgen Klopp's Reds "look like they're missing the fans."
The Reds are now six points behind league leaders Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp even admitting that he "can't imagine the title race at the moment."
Speaking on Off The Ball, Roberts argued that Liverpool have been "conservative" without fans while the absence of United supports has meant that they are not "giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loads for his negative football."
He explained: "I do think Liverpool now look like they're missing the fans. Some of the football from Liverpool at times has been conservative.
"You know, they're chewing the ball a little bit, they're overthinking it, they're taking extra touches. I would almost say that wouldn't be allowed if there's 54,000 of us in the stadium, so if Mo [Salah] turns away from Scott McTominay and plays it into midfield, he gets 54,000 people saying, 'What are you doing, Mo?! Take him on, have a shot.'
"And he [Salah] hasn't got that; he hasn't got that -- he hasn't got that to sort of keep him honest if you like.
"Against United, conversely I think, the no fans thing might be helping them in that they haven't got 70-odd thousand Man United fans in there giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loads for his negative football, so he's able to do the [Jose] Mourinho-esque approach to games and no fans to keep him honest."
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Roberts' comments haven't been met well with United fans as they branded the reasoning as "pathetic" and 'delusional.'
Such a wild inaccurate claim. 1 man United's home form has dropped off worse than Liverpool's, 2 United would have 75,000 encouraging us on, 3 United have scored more goals than Liverpool this season so hardly mourinho football maybe no fans is affecting United more- Turk Turkleton (@TurkTurkleton10) January 22, 2021
Rattled no end. Utd unbeaten since January 2020 away from home & home record hasnt been the same at all yet were better without fans no logic to that whatsoever. 3 points from last 5 games and a tough run of fixtures coming up. Uniteds name pulled in hated adored never ignored- Mark (@20t20tmutd) January 22, 2021
Giving Ole grief?:joy::joy: This was our last game with fans ye whopper, his "negative football" has us top of the league with second most goals scored :sob::sob: pic.twitter.com/iwl8Ph06bo- ladbroke groves (@ryanxgroves) January 22, 2021
But most of Liverpool bad results have been away. Total nonsense.- Gavin (@gavin_worrall) January 22, 2021
:joy::joy:the level of delusion is off the chart. United have had more shots on target than any other team in the League with Ole's "negative football". What's actually happened is Klopp's burnt his players out just like he did at Dortmund. 2/3 seasons high points & then they crash.- Marc Seymour (@mseymour84) January 22, 2021
This is pathetic let's look at the facts liverpool have the joint best home form in the league while united have the 9th so who is this hurting more?- jon ayre (@AyreJon) January 22, 2021
United and Liverpool will clash on Sunday at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Roberts added that the FA Cup needs to become a 'big priority' for Klopp, saying that Liverpool "need it for a shot in the arm."
He continued: "At the weekend, I think Liverpool have got to go strong now and they've got to go out and try to win it.
"It's not been Jurgen Klopp's biggest priority in his time here but it is now. I think we need it.
"We need it for a shot in the arm, we need it for confidence and it's always glorious to beat Manchester United particularly on their own patch, so yeah, fingers crossed."
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