Liverpool underperformed against Manchester United during Sunday afternoons North-West derby.

A worrying first half display had the Reds on the brink of a first Premier League defeat since January.

Liverpool rallied late to salvage a point and extend their unbeaten performance despite a below par display at Old Trafford.

So exactly why did Liverpool look so out of sorts?

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International break

Liverpool’s stars have been globetrotting for the past two weeks.

Most of Jurgen Klopp’s players have been away from Melwood with their national sides.

The constant travelling, experiencing different coaching and distance from the Liverpool camp surely plays a part.

A worrying display in the first half showed clear signs of a group of players simply not on the same wave length.

Mohamed Salah

The Reds like any team look better with our best players on the pitch.

Mo Salah was deemed unfit to play at Old Trafford. Liverpool fans had hoped he’d recover from a knock picked up before the international break but unfortunately he didn’t.

 

His presence was clearly missed as Liverpool looked unable to string anything together at the top end of the pitch.

Our usually dynamic front three looked well off the pace and relied on the most unlikely of goal scorers in Adam Lallana to bail us out.

Too many changes

Liverpool’s lacklustre display was also a result of several positional and personnel changes.

Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Divock Origi all returned to the side after different lengths away from first team action.

Sadio Mane was forced to play on the right and looked nowhere near effective. Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson even spent some time playing on the right of midfield too.

Make no mistake about it, this was not Liverpool’s best team and it really did show.

Liverpool underperformed against Manchester United, had the referee against them, and still emerged with a point, perhaps an important one come the end of the season.

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