Bruno Fernandes has come to the defence of Liverpool amid what has undoubtedly been the toughest period of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure so far.
The Manchester United midfielder has backed the reigning English champions to bounce back following a tough run of results.
Liverpool’s recent woes were compounded on Thursday night after they were beaten 1-0 by Burnley at Anfield. The result was the Reds’ first defeat in the league at Anfield since April 2017.
It was a record that stretched back 1396 days and over 68 matches. Such a formidable run of form is testament to how imperious Liverpool have been over the years.
However, with Liverpool extending their winless run in the league to five matches, they are now six points adrift of league leaders United.
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Also, the Reds have failed to score in their previous four league matches, too – their worst return since May 2000.
Fernandes on Liverpool
But Fernandes, who is due to face-off against Liverpool tomorrow afternoon, believes that Klopp and his will indeed bounce back and conjure up a response in the coming weeks.
“I think teams have moments. I don’t think Liverpool are playing poorly,” Fernandes told United’s official club website.
“I think they [Liverpool] don’t win and this is the point. When teams don’t win, everyone talks about that.
“When players don’t score, everyone talks about that. I feel that on me because I know the standard is high, because I arrived and I scored a lot of goals and make a lot of assists, and everyone is wanting goals and assists from me.
“It is the same – everyone expects goals from Salah, from Firminho and from Mane. They are not scoring in the last games and it starts feeling like ‘oh, they are not playing well’. They create, they play, but the other teams are playing better and, as I said before, they have more qualities to play.
“Every team goes there to play maybe without the pressure of the fans. Teams play a little bit more comfortably and, as I say, I think it is a moment. We don’t have to look at that moment because big teams and big players can show in every moment.”
Fernandes has been one of the fundamental reasons Liverpool currently trail United in the league standings this season.
The Portuguese international has galvanised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and has seemingly turned them into title contendors.
His statistics since signing for the Old Trafford club are nothing shy of ridiculous. In 50 United appearences, Fernandes has a whopping 27 goals and 18 assists.
Let’s what the Anfield faithful had to say in response to Fernandes’ comments.