Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool were guilty of ‘losing patience’ too early when in possession and trying to break down Manchester United at Anfield on as the teams played out a goalless draw on Monday night.
The Reds saw much more of the ball than their opponents, but were not able to recreate the kind of forward play that has seen them plunder 26 goals already so far this season.
Nevertheless, only two excellent David de Gea saves in the second half from firstly Emre Can and then Philippe Coutinho prevented the hosts from taking all three points in a hard-fought contest.
Afterwards, Klopp addressed journalists in his post-match press conference and conceded he felt his team needed to use their ball possession much more clinically when on the front foot.
“The game from the first second was very hectic and maybe that was what Manchester United wanted and we didn’t want and it was maybe more for their advantage.
“But you have to find back to the way we usually play. We lost patience far too early and our passing game was not good.
“I am pretty sure the last thing Jose Mourinho wants to do is to make a compliment to my team.
“When we saw the line-up, it was clear there would be a lot of high balls but I don’t remember a lot of chances they created from these situations.”
For all United’s negative tactics, Klopp expected more from his side and was disappointed they allowed themselves to become frustrated so quickly.
“We had 65 per cent possession but we have to do better. I didn’t expect we would have 10 to 15 chances,” he said.
“Second half we had chances but (David) De Gea was finally warm and he made brilliant saves. They had that chance with (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.
“The best news tonight is we have one point more and a clean sheet, nothing else.
“We can do much better and we must do much better. We have to stay cool.
“It was a really good attitude of my side. They tried everything, only with the wrong tools.
“We had a few good moments but not enough to deserve the win.”