Support our independent LFC content & go advert-free.
Support our independent Liverpool FC content and go advert-free with This Is Anfield Premium.

“No top four this season” – How supporters saw Liverpool 0-1 Man United

Wayne Rooney’s strike gave Man United an unlikely victory over a dominant Liverpool, with supporters enduring another frustrating 90 minutes.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 17, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can sees his shot saved by Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fresh from the last-minute jubilation of Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp steeled his side to take on United at Anfield, in one of the biggest games of the Premier League season so far.

It was United who stole the spoils however, with a single Rooney strike—against the run of play—giving Louis van Gaal’s side the victory.

Here’s how Twitter saw Liverpool’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to their fierce north-west rivals.

A highly anticipated clash, supporters approached Liverpool’s latest top-four test with a mix of excitement and trepidation.

Though the tempo was relatively measured in the opening stages, Lucas Leiva received vociferous support for a bullish challenge on Marouane Fellaini.

Liverpool’s first opportunities came from a pair of great passes from their Brazilians, but both Adam Lallana and James Milner were unable to make the most of Lucas and Roberto Firmino‘s creativity.

With 30 minutes on the clock, it was all Liverpool, with some impressive passing from a fluid midfield unit giving Klopp’s side the advantage.

But with Liverpool dominant, a plethora of chances fell to Jordan Henderson—who consistently proved to be the wrong man for the job in front of goal.

The half ended at 0-0, despite the Reds’ strong attacking play and United’s listlessness, with supporters rueing Liverpool’s lack of cutting edge.

With Liverpool unable to gain an advantage 30 minutes into the second half, questions turned towards the output of Klopp’s wingers.

Rather predictably, United then went 1-0 up, with Wayne Rooney’s goal little surprise to those watching.

Bringing both Christian Benteke and Steven Caulker on in attack, Klopp looked to push for an equaliser, but Liverpool failed to repeat their heroics from midweek, and supporters were left deflated.

There was, however, a faint glimmer of positivity…


MATCH REPORT: Listless Reds punished for lack of cutting edge

FAN REACTIONS: “No top four this season”

TACTICAL OVERVIEW: Attacking deficiency restricts Reds

PRESS CONFERENCE: Klopp dejected

PLAYER RATINGS: Sakho and Toure good, Lallana and Can not

Fan Comments