Liverpool’s perfect start to the season came to a halt this past weekend when they drew 1-1 against Manchester United. A game termed as one of the biggest contest by great rivals in the League didn’t lack the drama especially the when it comes to VAR! With Salah injured Klopp opted for Origi on the wing and maintained his preferred 4-3-3 formation. On the other hand the return of David de Gea from injury provided a massive boost for the hosts.
From the get go the game looked to be cagey and Liverpool looked under pressure and unsettled! They lacked composure which led to poor passes especially in the midfield. United on the other had were defensive and depended on the counter attack.
It wasn’t after the 30 minute mark when the best chance of the game fell to Firmino from a Mane cross whose shot lacked the ruthlessness and De Gea made an easy save. Later in the half VAR came into question when Lindelof appeared to have fouled Origi in the build up to a chance converted by Rashford! The goal stood. Subsequently Mane’s goal was ruled off as the ball touched his arm before ending in the net resulting o a full on celebration in Old Trafford. Generally in the first half Liverpool were a shadow of themselves!
In the second half Klopp made changes and brought in Ox, Lallana and Keita for Origi, Henderson and Gini which totally changed the game! They pressed more and were persistent which eventually led to the equalizer by Lallana who had not scored since 2017!
Despite the draw, Liverpool are still unbeaten in the Premier League. Playing against rivals usually is not about form but who will get the job done and on Sunday the rivals had to share the spoils!
Liverpool have to improve because they face an unpredictable Spurs team on Sunday who just beat Crvena zvezda 5-0 in Europe.
Liverpool now have to adjust their mind set as they visit Genk in Belgium for their Champions League group game with both Matip and Trent not in contention.