Liverpool were fortunate to escape with some time after being”outworked” from Manchester United, according to the Super Sunday panel.
Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their lead on peak of the Premier League table after having to come from behind to draw 1-1 with United at Old Trafford trimmed to six things.
United dragged the league leaders into a scrap by playing with an intensity so often lacking this season, also Graeme Souness confessed his side had been lucky to come away with a point.
He told Sky Sports:”I thought Liverpool got away with it today, but you must provide credit to Manchester United because throughout that first half, that they worked his socks off. They did not let Liverpool to get into the match at all.
“Their midfield is known for their work-rate however they were outworked and bossed in there now. I think if you analyze the stats that the outcome is reasonable.
“But United will require a whole good deal from it. They turned up – they did take a risk and they seemed organized.
“Salah was out and Manchester United did a great job on their full-backs, except for the goal. But Liverpool have surely got off with one for a great deal of their players didn’t turn up.
“Liverpool have a midfield which will outwork anyone, however they have outworked in the first half that’s extremely unusual.
“When they reach the last , they have not really got any cuteness from the midfield but that which they do need is workaholics, using Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum.
“That’s the reason why they huffed and puffed for large intervals now as United sat deep. It is very harsh to be overly critical about the Liverpool midfield.”
While United needed than Liverpool, a win against their fierce competitors and Premier League leaders could have made a difference to their year.
In the short term, the additional two points would have increased Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet to in the table instead of 13th, although a triumph that few people outside of Old Trafford seriously anticipated could have been the spark needed to kickstart their period and lift morale among the group and lovers.
Former United manager Jose Mourinho was amazed by his successor setup to nullify the danger of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane together with the effective use of some”low block”.
“I feel such as Liverpool have some constraints if they come up against teams with low cubes,” he told Sky Sports. “They have fantastic results but occasionally they win only in the limits.
“Occasionally they smash opponents that perform the way that they would like to play against, but obviously there’s a bit of frustration for Jurgen. At Old Trafford, which is a special spot for Liverpool to win, so he has never done it.
“I believe he didn’t like the menu. He likes meat, and fish was got by him.
“He wasn’t happy, and they’re obviously much more powerful playing against a side that provides them chances on the counter-attack and about the transition, however, United now play with a different profile.
“They strive to be strong in the back and they kept the three centre-backs compact and solid with the midfield. They did not like the menu”
Solskjaer is the sole director Klopp has confronted from the Premier League and neglected to beat.
Roy Keane told Sky Sports:”It certainly helps, along with the manner of the performance was great. We wondered whether it would be a and looked at the machine, but it was to be somewhat positive. However, the key for Ole is always to kick on from here.
“It is quite easy to increase your game for this type of game, together with the United fans supporting you against Liverpool, but it is now what they do during the upcoming few months. Find some type of momentum to the season and a run and they need to kick .
“But now will have been a huge boost for them.
“I think both managers will be satisfied with the lure. The pressure was building from Liverpool, and their lads are currently talking very seriously about themselves, however, I feel you need to give a little credit today to United.
“They have the first target and were allowed to sit in, but they have a bit sloppy. United lacked a bit of composure.
“With Liverpool, if you’re referring to winning titles, you’re talking about collecting points once you play badly, and that’s precisely what they did.”
United go in the Europa League to Partizan Belgrade on Thursday, before a trip on Sunday to Norwich.
Gary Neville stated:”Clearly they’re about to go and play away from home – they play in Belgrade, Norwich, Chelsea and then Bournemouth.
“I feel this team is appropriate to counter-attacking and playing away from home, just the way that they set up only normally.
“They have fought when groups have sat them off like Liverpool did now. Rashford, james and Martial demand distance, therefore the away games may suit them but they need to go and win at Norwich and at Bournemouth.
“About the Europa League, I truly worry about how this squad will deal with playing four matches away in 10 days when you have a look at the chair now – there were young boys on there today.
“There will be creeks along the way and they can not afford to drop their best players the league needs to be the priority.”