Jurgen Klopp Blamed First Half Injuries For Liverpool's Failure To Win
Jurgen Klopp saw Liverpool draw 0-0 with Manchester United but felt that his team would, and should, have won the match, if it weren't for the four first half injuries.
Super Sunday has, not for the first time, not exactly been 'super.' Manchester United and Liverpool kicked off the day, in what was hyped as a huge match in the Premier League title race, but could only put on a tense 0-0 affair.
Liverpool were the better side in the first half before United proved to be the more dangerous, mainly from set pieces, in the second 45 minutes as the teams played out a stalemate.
The draw was a good result for both teams. Liverpool's most difficult game in the run in resulted in a point that took them top of the table and United still kept their undefeated record in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The match was pretty boring and most notable for there being four injury substitutions in the first half with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, who'd come on for Mata, and Roberto Firmino all replaced in the opening 45 minutes.
Following the match Jurgen Klopp blamed the substitutions for his team's performance, saying:
"If we had carried on like we started we could have won but we lost out rhythm with the injuries.
"If United had played like they have been, with the same players, it would have been a different game. They would have known what they were doing and so would we."
What, United's injuries?! Lol- The Pig of Truth (@THEPIGOFTRUTH) February 24, 2019
Yeah because we didn't suffer any injuries, literally just stupid excuses- Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) February 24, 2019
This is definitely at the top of his excuse list :joy::joy::joy:- Mohamed Asim (@coco_Asim) February 24, 2019
@ManUtd injuries? So maybe that all was only Oles tactics?- antoni zubek (@odd_robson) February 24, 2019
Wind, long grass, dry pitch, wet pitch...opposition injuries?- Chris T (@Chris_T22) February 24, 2019
Wait so this dude blames the oppositions injuries for why they didn't beat them?- Viggy (@viggy2k) February 24, 2019
Liverpool always find an excuse when they lose. The big one will come when they blame United change of coach for their inability to win the league this season.:joy: Let's all laugh at Liverpool- Coach Jasper (@Jasperonie) February 24, 2019
Never knew that Liverpool lost 3 players to injuries in the first half too- Badi (@Seyibee) February 24, 2019
United were without Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic through injury, whilst Lingard was only fit enough to start on the bench.
Mata's injury came when Marcus Rashford was also struggling and the striker somehow managed to stay on and see out the 90 minutes.
Solskjaer's make shift midfield with Scott McTominay and Perreira alongside Paul Pogba did excellently.
What will Klopp's next excuse be for not winning?