Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed Manchester United’s injury crisis actually had a negative effect on his players.
The two teams played a fairly uneventful goalless draw at Old Trafford and although Klopp’s men dominated possession they failed to create any clear-cut chances against their rivals.
It means Liverpool are top of the Premier League by a point but the result will be viewed by many as a missed opportunity as United had to make all three substitutes before half-time.
Ander Herrera and Juan Mata went off in quick succession midway through the first-half before Jesse Lingard, who came on as a sub picked up an injury of his own just before half-time.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men fought bravely to earn a point and preserve the interim boss’ unbeaten record in the league since he took charge in December.
But Klopp suggested that the injuries to the United players affected Liverpool’s rhythm for the worse.
He told talkSPORT after the game: “We started exactly like we wanted, it was really direct, in behind and we put them under a lot of pressure.
“Then the injury crisis started and they had a strange day. Unfortunately that made us lose rhythm even though it shouldn’t and we couldn’t really get it back until the end.”