Jose Mourinho lambasts Liverpool after stalemate at Anfield
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on October 18, 2016
Following Liverpool’s goalless draw against bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield in one of the worst games of the season so far (despite the pre-match hype by the media), Jose Mourinho hit back at the hosts in his post-match interview.
The Portugese was left less than impressed by Liverpool & the atmosphere in the stadium after they failed to record a seventh consecutive win in all competitions, that would have taken them joint top of the Barclays Premier League table, despite dominating possession & being heavily tipped for the victory by pundits alike.
Mourinho told the BBC in his interview after the game: “This was a point that stopped them winning three”.
Despite Manchester United’s successful attempt to stifle Liverpool’s attacking impetus that has carried them far this season with Mourinho’s defensive acumen, the visitors only managed 35% of possession, their lowest since 2003/2004 (Opta).
He responded to this statistic, by telling Sky Sports: “That was the game we played – we didn’t control the game by having the ball all the time”, and then added “Two shots on target with 65% of possession. You have to be critical of Liverpool. It is their problem, not our problem.”
When Mourinho was later asked about the importance of the result, he stated: “It was a positive result. The game was difficult for both teams but for longer periods it was more difficult for them (Liverpool) than us.”
“We controlled the game not (just) tactically but the emotion of the game. That was probably the quietest Anfield I had and I was expecting it to be the other way. The reaction from their crowd was permanent disappointment. People expected us to come here and be really in trouble, which we were not.”.
Finally, the United boss concluded by saying: “Other candidates for the title have easier fixtures at the moment and it is important to keep close to them. Our moment to win four or five matches in a row will come and we’ll be there.”
The draw keeps the hosts, Liverpool, in 4th spot, but the gap between them and Chelsea (4th & 5th) has decreased to a point. No doubt will the visitors be the happier to gain the point – this comes after many pundits had written the Red Devils off for the victory/draw in this match, after Liverpool had came into this game in fine form. However, Manchester United now drop to 7th, 3 points off the top 4.
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp was not happy with his side’s performance, stating the Reds “wasted a lot of energy” in the first half:
“The second half was better but with a little bit faster legs, we could have created more. I don’t think we played as well as we could have – it’s our fault. That’s not the way we want to play. We should expect to play better: more patience, more composure.”
“When you defend like Man Utd, that’s their style. That’s absolutely OK. Players need to be cool and pass the ball to the next player. We were playing risky passes in the first half.”
Mourinho’s post-match interview: