The biggest rivalry in English football failed to live upto the expectations as Liverpool were beaten by a solitary goal from Wayne Rooney giving Manchester United all three points on the night. Liverpool created lots of chances but failed to convert even a single one as they drop to 9th place in the table.
Here are 5 things we learnt from this game:
Klopp needs to dive into the transfer market:
An attacking contingent of Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi bears a dynamic ring to it but injuries to three of them and lack of form of the other has seen Jurgen Klopp use Firmino up front to lead the line for Liverpool in big matches. The Brazilian is slowly growing in confidence but is just not an outright striker who has a killer instinct towards scoring. This leaves Klopp under severe pressure to jump into January transfer window and seek a forward that suits his style of play.
David de Gea and Wayne Rooney are big match players:
It is not secret that David de Gea is the player of the season for Unites so far this season. If not for the Spaniard, the Red Devils may well find themselves in the second half of the table. He ha bee invaluable in the number of times he has kept his team in the match with his athletic saves and once against showed his prowess as he kept a clean sheet against Liverpool. Rooney on the other hand has slowly caught some form and has once again shown that he is a player who comes to life when his team need’s him the most as he showed with his winner at Anfield.
Liverpool not unlucky, just not good enough:
The front pages after the Untied victory at Anfield were filled with how Liverpool were the better side on the night even as United rejoiced and relished all three points from their nemesis. Liverpool were the better team on the night but are nowhere near where Klopp dreams his team to be. Of course the manager must be given time but the way Liverpool failed to latch onto a number of chances created in the first half shows an alarming detour in the road to success this season for the Merseyside club. To be honest, the Reds are not top 4 material this season and will have to be pushing themselves hard for silverware in the domestic cups.
United far from a title winning side:
Though they took all three points from Anfield, United’s performance on the night was less than entertaining. Having just one shot on target and scoring from it is something they did to Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier this season but they do not seem to have improved in the last few months. They still look dis-jointed in attack and are vulnerable in defense. They are, like Liverpool, badly short of goal scorers and the Dutchman needs to address the issues if he is stay in the job for a longer spell of time.
Need a goal against Liverpool? Just win a corner:
Yes, if recent Liverpool games have shown us anything, it is the vulnerability of the Reds in defending set-pieces. United won 4 corners on the night and scored of the only testing delivery that was put in. Liverpool looked atrocious defending set pieces as Fellaini won a header from in-between four Liverpool players just before he hit the cross bar. Then there was not even single Liverpool player anywhere near Wayne Rooney when the rebound fell to the striker who thumped his volley home. This shows a very bad loop hope in Liverpool defense which needs to be sorted out by Klopp if he is to entertain a climb up the points table.