Opinions: Reaction to Liverpool v United

Jose Mourinho knows all about winning Premier League titles.

"It motivates us, it is something that we want, it is something that if we could have every match we would have every match".

That has never been Mourinho's way. "For sure you could not play this way at Liverpool but it's OK for Manchester United".

"So we go to where we want to go, we go to play against a big team with a big tradition in an fantastic stadium with great tradition". But as Pep Guardiola's City raise the bar this season with their attacking football - arguably the most devastating seen in the Premier League since Arsene Wenger's Invincibles won the title in 2003-04 - will ground-out draws at the likes of Anfield and the Etihad ultimately be enough?

Jurgen Klopp's wait for a league victory over Manchester United stretched to four games as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Asked later at the post-match press conference to expand on his thoughts about Mourinho's tactics, the German, whose team still trail United by seven points, was more diplomatic.

"Liverpool will be more interested in Arsenal's results - maybe Chelsea and Tottenham - although those two probably think they're capable of catching the two Manchester clubs". "That midfield was stronger than my midfield". "He did well and didn't let the game break". "I was waiting for him to bring on (Daniel) Sturridge or (Dominic) Solanke and keep his attacking players, but he changed player by player and kept the strong midfield". David de Gea did repel one effort from Joel Matip during a keenly-fought first half, with the Spaniard once again highlighting his value to the United cause. "A point at Anfield is OK".

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"Manchester United came here for a point and got it", Klopp said.

Though, Robson clearly believes that a loss against Manchester United tomorrow would end Liverpool's hopes of a title.

Mourinho was in no mood to debate Klopp's assertion - "I haven't come up to talk about what Jurgen says", he said - but only time will tell whether the United manager's approach is outdated caution or sensible pragmatism amid a long title race.

United might have equalised just before the interval but Romelu Lukaku was thwarted by Simon Mignolet after a one-touch move involving the Belgian and Anthony Martial.

Liverpool, meanwhile are sat down in 7th in the league table but they are still only 7 points off top spot.

Matip felt Liverpool would have won the game if he had taken the opportunity.

  • Lawrence Cooper