Jurgen Klopp has given his thoughts on Liverpool’s results against Bayern Munich & Manchester United as they prepare to face Watford on Wednesday.
The Reds will host the Hornets on the back of two straight 0-0s – although neither are awful results.
Still, Liverpool wanted wins against both Bayern & United and the games leave Klopp and co with work to do.
Klopp on Bayern and United draws
“Playing against Bayern and they treat you like you’re a mixture of Real and Barcelona and defend with all we have,” Klopp said in his press conference on Tuesday, according to the Echo. “I thought we could do better and that’s good news.
“Manchester United was strange; we started well but the injuries 100% broke the rhythm.
“They have been the team of the last month, only losing one against PSG. Nobody has really created against them apart from Tottenham.
“They defend physically strong and so deep and go on the counter-attack but there wasn’t a lot of that.
“If you ask me what I want for Christmas this game is not involved, but you give nothing away in a game like this.”
Klopp’s assesment is a fair one – although his claim that United’s injuries were a disadvantage to Liverpool is debatable to say the least.
Both results against Bayern and United were decent in isolation, as Klopp says. Two strong teams that Liverpool faced with adversity – playing away at United, while Van Dijk missed the Bayern game.
It’s the fact that both leave Liverpool with something to do that’s troubling, however.
Manchester City are now just a single point behind and the Champions League tie is in the balance.
Can Liverpool get a positive result in Munich? Of course they can. Is a one point lead still a good one? For sure – no one expected it at the start of the season.
There are plenty of opportunities for Liverpool to get back on the horse. If this was a slip up, it’s one they can recover from and continue on the right path.