Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Anfield hero urges Jurgen Klopp to copy Jose Mourinho tactic

Anfield hero urges Jurgen Klopp to copy Jose Mourinho tactic

United, who are two points ahead of Liverpool in the race for second place, proved they could stifle Jurgen Klopp's frontline in October's Anfield stalemate.

Eric Bailly's freakish own goal gave Liverpool hope in the second half, but United held on for a first victory over their North West rivals since January, 2016.

"I think we deserved the goal and then it was the situation with the best piece of football in the whole game, the one-two between Roberto and Sadio and a clear foul and no penalty", Klopp added. Things the manager wants are becoming more clear to me.

"I try to give the best to the kid", said Mourinho, responding to Frank De Boer's criticism of his handling of Rashford. They played a lot of long balls and we were not there.

With Marouane Fellaini rejecting a new contract at United and Michael Carrick retiring at the end of the season, it would be understandable for Mourinho to look for reinforcements in the midfield. In 2005, they finished some 37 points behind champions Chelsea in the Premier League but beat them in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Dutchman lasted just 77 days after losing four consecutive league games without scoring a goal before being replaced by Roy Hodgson in September.

Former Crystal Palace and Ajax boss de Boer was a guest on BT Sport's Premier League Tonight show on Saturday and claimed that perhaps it was "a pity" the Portuguese coach was in charge of the young Englishman. Therefore the longer the game goes on the more it suits United. "It is good that I can be around Marcus to have a laugh and reassure him that it's going to come good and that if he gets a chance he will perform and he has done that".

But Aldridge has disagreed with Klopp for blaming the result on the lack of a penalty decision.

However, the Reds failed to take anything from the game with the side still yet to see victory at Old Trafford since 2014.

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