OGUN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Liverpool was held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United, giving them their first Premier League home point of the season.
Liverpool captain felt “only one team tried to win“
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk asserted “we were superior in every aspect” over Manchester United in their 0-0 draw – a view Roy Keane blasted as “arrogance”.
Jurgen Klopp’s side pushed throughout in a game they were heavily favoured to win but found United in a resolute mood despite posting 34 shots and winning 12 corners. Erik ten Hag’s team might even have won it on the counter-attack had Alisson not saved from Rasmus Hojlund in the second half.
Commenting on the game, Van Dijk said he thought Liverpool did more than enough to win it.
He said: “There was only one team trying to win the game. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. We want to win every game, especially a team like them.
“It’s frustrating as we were superior in all aspects and they were just hoping on the counter attack to hurt us. In the end they are buzzing with a point and we are disappointed with a point.
They aren’t in the best phase so coming here you have to worry about the threat we have. But we should have won today. There are big games coming up and we won’t dwell on it.”
The former Manchester United captain responded: “There’s a lot of arrogance coming out of him, dissing Manchester United like that.
“He needs reminding that he is playing for a club that has won one title in 30-odd years.
“Manchester United are in a difficult place, just like Liverpool have been in a difficult place for many years. So maybe that arrogance backfired on him today.
“He needs to remember where he is coming from. One title in 33 years?
“He said Man United were buzzing and one team came to play. Yeah, I’ve come to Anfield many times with Manchester United where Liverpool were in a tough place and were happy with a draw.
“The bottom line is that the most important stat is the scoreline. Liverpool had chances and didn’t take them. That’s their own fault.”
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, expressed his frustration that his team was unable to overcome and described the performance as their most commanding against Manchester United, including the 7-0 victory from the previous season.
He told Sky Sports: “I saw a lot of good things, the one thing I don’t like is the result. We should have scored. We were in a rush in moments but I liked a lot the intensity of the game and the start to the game. Everyone saw what we wanted, our counter-pressing was good as a group and we didn’t let them out.
“I can’t remember such a dominant performance against Man Utd – even the 7-0 they were more in the game. Now it’s 0-0 they probably feel slightly better than us. But we take the point and keep going. “It was the type of game I expected. If we play like this it is difficult for the opposite team to get out of their own half and the way United defended was clean with a lot of passion.
“If you score it changes the dynamic of the game and they open up a bit and take more risk. But nothing changed, they threw everything in and it’s a 0-0.”