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Jose Mourinho takes a swipe at Liverpool over a drab derby result

1.73K   //    20 Oct 2016, 19:47 IST
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United gives the ball to Daley Blind of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
 Jose Mourinho helps out Daley Blind with the ball during Liverpool vs Manchester United at Anfield

Manchester United visited Anfield and drew Liverpool in a goalless encounter last Monday despite many projecting a high scoring result. Jose Mourinho appeared callous after his side seemingly pricked Liverpool’s ballooned form of five wins in a row. After exhibiting a dangerous performance early in the season, Mourinho feels Liverpool might not be as good as they seem and couldn't help taking a jibe at their north-western rivals. 

"They are a good team but they are not the last wonder of the world," he said.

The goalless draw against Manchester United was the only second time such a result was recorded by Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp since his arrival. Known for their attacking prowess, the strength of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane together seemed to fall short of achieving an expected result. Thus, Mourinho believes it is more difficult for them to digest the final score than the away side.

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"It was a very difficult game but more difficult for them than us. We kept control of the game for long periods and started really well and were in control," he added.

Manchester United started the season with three wins in a row, but have now fallen down the table and out of the top four. However, Mourinho is little concerned about the standings at the moment and is confident his team will build momentum once opportunity knocks on their doorstep. Furthermore, he understands that the present positioning is only as a result of the other big teams facing easier fixtures.

“This is a point that stopped them winning three. Other candidates for the title have easier fixtures at moment and it is important to keep close to them – our opportunity to get five wins in a row will come.”

Mourinho further introspected his own team’s performance and other than a few sloppy errors that could have easily turned the tide, he feels they were absolutely sturdy in their defence against a top attacking side. He also lamented Zlatan Ibrahimovic for failing to execute a couple of chances.

"We had big chances, I thought Zlatan was going to score but we missed sharpness through the middle. I was expecting a bit more penetration.

"Tactically from a defensive point of view we did really well.”

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