While Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp may have lost a football match for the first time since September, supporters will always likely find solace in Manchester United’s ability this season to highlight the gaping chasm that currently exists between themselves and the English champions-elect.
Liverpool are smashing records left, right and centre in their pursuit of the holy grail, meanwhile, United are looking to rediscover their identity following a turbulent and torrid period for the club since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
After Klopp and his team were preparing the defence of their Champions League crown following the Reds’ return to the Spanish capital on Tuesday night, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and his Red Devils made the trip to Belgium as they look to conjure up success in the Europa League.
However, United were unable to get their knockout clash with Club Brugge off to a winning start after another Liverpool figure came to the fore to haunt the club’s north-west rivals. Former Reds shot-stopper Simon Mignolet became the second Anfield figure to register an assist against Soskjaer’s team this season after the Belgium international found teammate Emmanuel Dennis to open the scoring.
Mignolet assist 😎 https://t.co/7USs5ysNmx
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) February 20, 2020
It was another route one goal that caught United on the break similarly to when Alisson Becker found Mohamed Salah who ran from inside his own half to blitz towards David de Gea’s goal brushing aside Daniel James with aplomb before converting the goal that forced Kopites into a rendition of ‘we’re gonna win the league’.
Mignolet joined Brugge from Liverpool last summer following a six-year spell at Anfield following his 7m euros (£6.4m) [BBC Sport] summer switch in 2019.
The former Sunderland star, 31, only made two appearances for the Reds last season, both in cup competitions.
What RTK has to say
Whilst these fun comparisons are going to keep popping up as the procession continues during Liverpool’s quite-ridiculous run of form it is always beneficial to gather some perspective to just how far the Reds have risen since Klopp’s arrival in 2015.
From a club that had lost its way and was struggling to rekindle its identity to unrivalled kings of the world.
The gaping gulf that currently exists between Liverpool and United can be seen as clear as day when looking at the league table. The Reds have doubled United’s points total of 38 after 26 matches and we are only in February – to put that into perspective, Klopp and Liverpool could lose all of their remaining matches in the league this season and still sit above Solskjaer and his players in the top-flight standings.