How Liverpool left Man United trailing in their wake

Tanya Simon
December 15, 2018

United have endured an inconsistent campaign and sit sixth, 16 points behind Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho was left frustrated in the summer after United failed to sign any of his defensive targets with the Red Devils reportedly making attempts to sign the likes of Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld.

Speaking after Liverpool's progress to the Champions League knockout stages was confirmed, Reds number 5 Georginio Wijnaldum doesn't think that it is possible to remain unbeaten all season, just like the great Arsenal side did back in 2003/4.

The Serie A outfit were initially reluctant to lose Koulibaly mid-season but United's chances of securing a deal in January were boosted by the fact that Napoli were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Only Fulham, Cardiff, Burnley, Huddersfield and Southampton have conceded more than the 26 goals United have shipped, a massive 20 more than Liverpool's water-tight defence. "I don't read much but I think they [Liverpool] have said that their objective is to win the Premier League". Is it nice if you have to play that?

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"It is not just about spending money and reinforcing the squad, a football team is more than that, a football team is not just about spending the money".

It is almost £100m more than United invested in their squad before the start of this season after spending close to £70m on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.

Klopp continued to say that he is wary of United's threat and pedigree, despite the fact that they are a way off competing for the Premier League title.

"I don't really think we are invincible and, if we think that, we have a manager (Jurgen Klopp) that would put both feet on the ground". It's unbelievable. They have strikers ― they can switch between (Marcus) Rashford, Lukaku and others; they have (Jesse) Lingard, they have (Anthony) Martial. We don't judge the points they have, just the quality.

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