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What Jürgen Klopp screamed at Mohamed Salah and four more things spotted in Man Utd vs Liverpool – Wasteful Liverpool miss chance to reclaim top spot in thrilling Man Utd draw…



During the match between Man Utd and Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp was seen passionately communicating with Mohamed Salah, as Wasteful Liverpool failed to capitalize on their chance to reclaim the top spot in an exciting draw.


Liverpool’s hopes of securing the title took a hit as they once again paid the price for their wastefulness in front of goal, resulting in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United.


The match got off to a frenzied start, with Alejandro Garnacho’s early goal being disallowed due to an offside call. Shortly after, Dominik Szoboszlai had a golden opportunity denied by an outstanding save from André Onana. However, Liverpool soon gained control of the game.


Despite Szoboszlai squandering a couple more chances, it was a different player who eventually found the back of the net. Darwin Núñez’s header from Szoboszlai’s corner reached Luis Díaz, who skillfully evaded Onana and the defenders on the goal line with an impressive scissor kick, leaving the home crowd stunned.


In a similar fashion to the cup game a few weeks prior, Liverpool squandered numerous opportunities, much to the dismay of their manager. With the score standing at 1-0 during halftime, Jürgen Klopp appeared visibly displeased.


Just five minutes into the second half, the reason for Klopp’s frustration became evident. A poorly executed pass from Jarell Quansah gifted the ball to Bruno Fernandes, who took advantage of Caoimhín Kelleher’s positioning to score for United.


The situation worsened when Kobbie Mainoo’s spectacular shot put United in the lead with just over 20 minutes left, dealing a potential blow to Liverpool’s title aspirations.


Despite their efforts to equalize, Liverpool faced continuous setbacks. However, with a little over five minutes remaining, they were given a chance to get back in the game.


Harvey Elliott was fouled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, resulting in a penalty awarded by Anthony Taylor. Mohamed Salah successfully converted the penalty, narrowing the gap and setting the stage for an intense finale, although Liverpool ultimately fell short of securing a victory. Here are the five observations made by during the match.


Chaos has been a defining theme for Liverpool this season, with Darwin Núñez and Dominik Szoboszlai being labeled as agents of chaos. However, chaos is not exclusive to Liverpool, as it is also a common occurrence at Old Trafford, both on and off the pitch.


The game started with an intensity that hinted at the chaos that was to come. Instead of a slow start, both teams were on the attack from the get-go, with chances coming thick and fast.


United’s strategy was evident from the start, with Alexis Mac Allister being a key focus for them. Kobbie Mainoo was tasked with marking him closely, but it was clear that Liverpool’s attacking prowess would not be easily contained.


Alexis Mac Allister has been absolutely outstanding for Liverpool in recent weeks. It’s no wonder then that United seemed to devise a specific strategy to counter him.


It was evident from the beginning that Kobbie Mainoo was closely marking the Argentine. However, it was clear that United would need much more than that to stifle Liverpool’s attacking prowess.


A feeling of familiarity


As anticipated, Liverpool was presented with numerous scoring opportunities by their opponents. United has developed a pattern of conceding over 20 shots per game this season, and with Liverpool’s formidable attack, it was unlikely that they would escape unscathed.


The issue is, we all had the same thought a few weeks ago, and yet Liverpool was still eliminated from the FA Cup. The visitors squandered their chances on that occasion, and there was an unsettling sense of déjà vu creeping in as the first half progressed.


The Reds should have established a comfortable lead before half-time, but with just a 1-0 scoreline, there was always a possibility that United could replicate their cup performance. Klopp’s reaction to one of the numerous missed opportunities, where he passionately urged Mohamed Salah to ‘take a touch’, spoke volumes. The Liverpool manager expressed his frustration towards his own players for their wastefulness.


The halftime statistics painted a clear picture. Liverpool had taken 15 shots while United had none. However, within five minutes of the second half, the hosts managed to equalize with their very first shot.


The situation worsened for Liverpool. Despite dominating the first half, their worst nightmare came true as they squandered their lead. Just moments after Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez were brought on to provide more control, United seized the advantage with an incredible curling strike from Mainoo. It was an impressive finish, but once again, Liverpool had only themselves to blame.


Klopp was well aware of this fact. From the sidelines, he could be seen visibly furious with his players. It is uncommon to witness such an outburst directed towards his own team, but in this case, it was completely justified.


Harvey Elliott is undoubtedly eager to shed the label of ‘super sub’ that he has acquired this season and establish himself as a consistent starter. However, Klopp must have been grateful to have the 21-year-old on the bench once more.


Once again, the former Fulham prodigy made a significant impact by winning the penalty that ultimately restored parity for his team. How pivotal could that prove to be as the season draws to a close?