After Liverpool lost 2-1 to Manchester United on the weekend, with the Red Devils totally dominant in the game for the duration, manager Brendan Rodgers revealed his disappointment in his side’s first-half performance, reports Sky
Liverpool were full of errors in the opening 45 minutes, which also led to their attacking options being completely ineffective. The Merseysiders looked out of sorts all over the pitch, and made defensive errors that led to United’s opening goal.
The visitors had a gameplan to control the clash for the duration, while pressing their opponents in mistakes high up the pitch. The decision worked perfectly, as Liverpool never quite got out of their slump, only for periods in the second half.
Rodgers was getting visibly frustrated on the sidelines, as his side were struggling to play their preferred style. Manchester United adopted Liverpool’s tactics for the game, as manager Louis van Gaal had his side’s starting positions much higher up the pitch to stop Liverpool playing the ball out the back.
The Liverpool manager had to concede Manchester United were by far the better side on the weekend, and adopted tactics that perfectly countered the Reds. He said: “I was disappointed with the first half. I think after everything that we’d spoken about with our pressing and our aggression, our start position was way too deep, which is unlike us. If you give good players the time and the room…I thought they were excellent, good positioning, good possession and I thought they deserved their lead.”
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