Liverpool's Loris Karius says José Mourinho's tactics were a compliment

Owen Stevens
October 20, 2016

That's something we accept at the moment. You see the games coming up - Fenerbahce, Chelsea, [Manchester] City. United was the opponent then, too, but under Louis van Gaal. The hosts improved in the second half, especially after fit-again midfielder Adam Lallana came on as a substitute, but were never going to get the three-goal victory that would have put them top.

The idea that we failed to come anywhere near to matching the performance levels we have achieved in recent weeks has to be seen as a positive. We can thank Liverpool for denying us from about 55 minutes of action the way Louis van Gaal used to do a year ago, effectively giving either side around 17 minutes to score in the match. "If you're getting draws continually or you're not winning, that's when the supporters aren't happy".

Herrera believes United can take plenty of encouragement from its display but insisted that his team's intention was not to settle for a draw.

"You don't want to lose at a place like this".

"I think it's football", he said. "But you get beaten tonight and the confidence is gone".

"Mixed emotions", he told Sky Sports when asked for his views. "But credit to him, it was impressive", said Karius of United counter-part David De Gea with the Spaniard keeping out a close range effort from Emre Can and turning a Philippe Coutinho banger around the post as the Reds turned up the tempo in the second half.

"Defensively we did really well, we should have had a little bit more". Monday's game was only the fourth of Karius' Liverpool career and he cited De Gea's stunning stop from Philippe Coutinho as evidence of a goalkeeper thriving after a hard introduction to English football.

Throwing men behind the ball and taking the voice out of the passionate home crowd, United controlled most of the play in the opening half-hour even if a 40-metre Zlatan Ibrahimovic free kick blasted into row Z was their lowest of highlights.

He added: "He'll be brutal and clinical in terms of the players he doesn't want, he'll know already who he wants".

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