May 7, 2021

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Klopp worried about Liverpool’s lack of goals

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Jurgen Klopp was pleased with his side’s performance despite them dropping points against title rivals Manchester United.

The hosts started the game strongly as they registered nine shots at goal before the break. But only one of these attempts were on target.

Man United were there for the taking in the first half as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side started slowly. Liverpool did not make the most of this and they were nearly punished for that in the second half.

The two best chances of the game both fell to the Red Devils. Bruno Fernandes’ shot from inside the area went straight at Alisson in the 75th minute.

This was before Paul Pogba should have given United the lead in the 83rd minute. Aaron Wan-Bissaka pulled it back for the Frenchman but his fierce strike was palmed away by Alisson for a corner.

It finished 0-0 as Liverpool remain third in the Premier League. They are now winless in their last four league games and they have only scored twice in this run.

Speaking with Sky Sports post-match, as cited by BBC Sport, Klopp insisted that Liverpool’s performance was good but it was not the result that he wanted:

“If we won 1-0 I’d think it was completely fine. You can’t deny Manchester United chances for 90 minutes. You never could. They’re in a good moment.

“With all the things said before the game – they’re flying and we’re struggling – my boys did a good game tonight.

“First half the counter-press was great, passing was good. But we didn’t score. That’s the most important thing in football.

“The second half was a bit more open. They had two big chances – Alisson made two good saves.

“There is no easy explanation [for their recent lack of goals]. You always miss chances. You have to keep going and try to ignore the talk around it. Everyone wants to see goals. You cannot force it.

“It’s football. These moments happen. You have moments where you can’t explain why you score from all angles. Against Crystal Palace, everything ended up in the net. It’s a bit annoying in between these moments.

“I like the game. I saw a lot of really good individual performances and the team performance was good. Not the result we wanted, but the result we got.”

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