The Reds’ poor start to the campaign hasn’t been helped by an extensive injury list, but that was not to blame for a simply abject display at Old Trafford.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side were outfought from the off by Erik ten Hag’s side, with supporters lamenting a performance that was nowhere near usual standards.
How worried should we be about Liverpool?
A night where pretty much everything that could go wrong did. #LFC’s worst performance since Watford 2020. Can talk about tiredness from last season & injury issues, but doesn’t explain the striking lack of cohesion, desire & failure to do the absolute basics. So, so poor.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) August 22, 2022
Liverpool at risk of embarrassing themselves. Blueprint entirely lacking; a game in which newly-signed-contract Salah should be leading the charge. Poor, all round.
— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) August 22, 2022
What’s most worrying about this is it feels just like that period two seasons back in January when we just lost every game. Don’t mind losing or drawing but there is something wrong with the mindset at the moment.
— Jordan Chamberlain (@Jordan_AC90) August 22, 2022
Liverpool have been rubbish in defence, rubbish in midfield and toothless in attack. This has been really, really, really bad.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) August 22, 2022
That was a mournful soft-rock ballad, not the normal heavy metal Klopp soundtrack.#LFC undergoing a big identity crisis right now and that makes *your* theory as to why the correct one
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) August 22, 2022
The body language of this team is so, so weird. It’s all so passive and limp. They don’t even look angry.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) August 22, 2022
Difficult night at Old Trafford. Losing is one thing but the worry is that Liverpool simply didn't work as hard as Utd or show anywhere near as much desire. Frustrating that even after getting one back Liverpool didn't try to penetrate enough in the final few minutes. A lot to do
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) August 22, 2022
A lack of fight, composure and a real sense of complacency. Not what you associate with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Tired minds and bodies in addition to injuries, yes, but that can’t be an excuse for what we’re seeing.
— Joanna Durkan (@JoannaDurkan_) August 22, 2022
Remarkable to see Liverpool so comprehensively outfought and out-thought tonight by a team they were so far ahead of last season. Klopp can keep saying there's no issue with his midfield, but that was so clearly where the game was lost, for me.
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) August 22, 2022
A week to prepare that? Can't be right. We are in desperate territory here.
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) August 22, 2022
Abject from Liverpool. No Fabinho was a crazy decision. Midfield looks old & is being pulled all over the place. Van Dijk has been really slack in the first three games. And Alexander-Arnold has been shocking. How it’s only 2-0 is remarkable. They’re being bullied.
— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) August 22, 2022
36-year-old Milner running channels beyond striker shows depth of midfield issues for Liverpool. Very willing, but United would be happy to take that for rest of evening.
— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) August 22, 2022
A late goal from Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool hope of securing a late point, but in truth, United were far superior throughout.
Liverpool need to improve, and they need to do it fast.