Liverpool were so flat Man Utd could have played without a keeper in 0-0 draw


IF Liverpool do not win the Premier League now, they will look back with regret at this performance against Manchester United.

The side Jurgen Klopp sent out seemed to be content with 0-0 and sat back, not really wanting to win the game.

Virgil Van Djik left frustrated as his side drew 0-0 at Old Trafford

That was a really big surprise for me — because they will never have a better chance of going to Old Trafford and beating Manchester United.

It might turn out to be a very good point for Liverpool. But judging on the performance we saw, it was flat.

They missed a really good opportunity to go at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United and may regret not trying to win it.

With United’s inexperienced team and then what happened in the first half with three of their players going off injured, it was a good opportunity to send a statement to Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side need to bounce back when Liverpool host Watford on Wednesday

But Liverpool just seemed happy to not be beaten.

We always speak about their high intensity, their pressing, the way they go after teams with so much energy and determination going forward.

But there was nothing.

Klopp’s side were really poor, they simply appeared to have no spark about them

Marcus Rashford and Mohamed Salah tussle for the ball in Sunday’s goalless draw at Old Trafford

They were flat going forward against Bayern Munich as well, but at least they have not conceded in either game.

United ended up with two youngsters in the centre of midfield, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira.

But the home side could have played without a goalkeeper – that’s how easy it was for them.

Captain Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner need to rally their troops before their huge clash at home against Watford

United defended really well and I thought Luke Shaw was man of the match.

Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof saw off Mo Salah and never gave him a kick.

Roberto Firmino went off injured and we never had a sighting of Sadio Mane in the game — nothing.

TOTTENHAM didn’t turn up against Burnley and players lost their individual battles.

Burnley are back to being horrible to play against and deserved to win.

Mauricio Pochettino is left disappointed after watching his side lose 2-1 to Burnley

Their strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood gave Spurs’ centre-backs a nightmare.

And Tottenham didn’t do enough to win the game ­— despite having Harry Kane back from injury.

Mauricio Pochettino can complain all he likes to the referee at the end but he’s got to look at his own players for not defending the corner properly.

I understand his frustration at watching his side go out of the title race. But that doesn’t mean you can do what he did to the referee and I expect him to get hammered by the FA.

Despite Harry Kane’s return to the team, Tottenham were unable to get the win against a terrific Burnley side

I thought Spurs were out of it after their defeat to Wolves on December 29.

But they played their way back into it thanks to Liverpool and Manchester City slipping up.

I don’t think there was ever a serious title threat from Tottenham and I never thought they would win it.
But they look like they will finish in the top four and they are still in the Champions League, so they have plenty to play for.

CLAUDE PUEL’S sacking at Leicester did not surprise me.

The performance against Crystal Palace was poor, as the results have been of late.

Claude Puel was unable to inspire his side as Leicester slumped to a 4-1 defeat at home to Crystal palace

It all stemmed from when they played Newport in the FA Cup and Puel rested big players.

They haven’t won a game since. What did they have after they were knocked out? They have nothing to play for.

He kept chopping and changing the team around and there was no continuity.

The Foxes are 12th, I don’t expect to see them in the top six. And I don’t think there was any great respect for the manager and he didn’t get the best out of his players.

Claude Puel only managed one win in 2019 with Leicester City

Managers have to go and get results, it doesn’t matter about your personality.

But the way they limped out of the FA Cup and the way they have limped on in the league since January, there was just nothing for them to play for.

And that showed in their performances.

Leicester City look to notch just their second win of 2019 when they host Brighton on Monday evening

So who do they turn to now? Well, I just hope that it’s not Rafa Benitez!

Brendan Rodgers is favourite for the job but still has a lot to play for with Celtic in Scotland.

So whether they can prise him away now or at the end of the season, I don’t know.
Whoever it is will go into a very good club with good players, where you can spend money. It’s a very attractive job.



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