'They were not': Erik Ten Hag gives an honest assessment of the Liverpool team he just beat 4-0
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'They were not': Erik Ten Hag gives an honest assessment of the Liverpool team he just beat 4-0

Erik Ten Hag gave a brief assessment of the Liverpool team his Manchester United beat 4-0 on Tuesday. It was a notable game in Thailand.

Liverpool faced Manchester United to kick-off their pre-season on Tuesday. The match came just a few days after the Reds’ pre-season training started and, admittedly, it wasn’t the perfect result.

United won 4-0 in Thailand as they took their chances. Liverpool, on the other hand, couldn’t take any of theirs despite shading the stats in this one.

But there are reasons for that. In fact, Erik Ten Hag was quick to point out after the game that Liverpool ‘weren’t at their strongest’ as he picked up his first win as United boss.

“Liverpool played with three teams and they were not at their strongest,” he told MUTV. “So we are not overestimating the [performance].

“But we saw some really good things. What you see is we have a lot of creativity and speed in the front and we have potential.”

Erik Ten Hag sees United beat Liverpool 4-0

It’s nice to see that Ten Hag isn’t taking too much from this game as the two sides treated things very differently. United started with a strong XI and looked to get the team playing well – as you’d expect after a week-and-a-half of pre-season training.

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Liverpool, on the other hand, essentially used this exclusively to build fitness. Jurgen Klopp used 32 players across the 90 minutes, swapping his team twice after 30 spells. That’s the result of only starting pre-season two days prior.

So while Liverpool won’t be happy to lose this one, they also won’t read too much into the result. Both teams got what they wanted from the game – one side looked good, the other built their fitness.

Now if the game on August 22nd finishes similarly, it’ll be a different story…

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