Liverpool fans react to defeat at Man United — same old problems

Liverpool fans have taken to social media — some angry, some in despair and some, it seems, on the edge of a breakdown — after Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 14, 2014: Liverpool's goalkeeper Brad Jones looks dejected as his side lose 3-0 to Manchester United during the Premier League match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having replaced Simon Mignolet with Brad Jones in goal and starting with Raheem Sterling up front, Brendan Rodgers’ Reds were left to rue missed chances and shambolic defending as they sunk against their arch-rivals, leaving them ninth in the Premier League table.

Goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie subjected Brendan Rodgers’ men to their seventh league defeat of the season.

The loss was an even harder pill to swallow as, aside from a heroic goalkeeping performance from David De Gea, United looked distinctly average — but did what was needed in front of goal.

Following the full-time whistle, Brendan Rodgers said the game summed up Liverpool’s season, telling Sky Sports 1, “I thought we did enough to win the game. We created enough chances to win the game but we also made defensive mistakes. It probably epitomised our season, we’re not prolific enough in terms of goalscoring.”

After Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final away to Bournemouth (7.45pm), Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League next Sunday (4pm), before Burnley away on 26 December (3pm) and Swansea at home on 29 December (8pm). The new year gets underway with the visit of Leicester City to Anfield on New Years Day.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the more savoury fans’ views from Twitter. Let us know your thoughts on Sunday’s defeat and how Liverpool can recover for a busy run of games over the festive period in the comments section below, or on our Liverpool FC Forums.