José Mourinho: My players gave everything, but couldn't cope with Liverpool's physicality

José Mourinho: My players gave everything, but couldn't cope with Liverpool's physicality

Manchester United had not lost to Liverpool in the Premier League for eight games and over four years prior to Sunday's (Dec 16) 3-1 defeat, but the current chasm between the two sides was exposed as Jose Mourinho's men fell 19 points behind the league leaders at Anfield.

However, just after the half-hour mark, United found themselves level after a howler from Alisson saw Jesse Lingard slot home.

The Champions League last 16 draw was kind to Manchester City but pretty tough for the Premier League's other teams.

"On top of that they are good technically - I also have lots of good players technically but we don't have many players with that intensity or physicality".

Klopp introduced Shaqiri with 20 minutes to go, and within minutes the Swiss forward had put Liverpool back into the lead.

Sadio Mane's 24th-minute volley from Fabinho's flawless delivery gave Liverpool the lead their lightning start merited, only for a awful error by goalkeeper Alisson to give United an unlikely lifeline before the break when he fumbled Romelu Lukaku's cross into the path of Jesse Lingard.

AP     Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
AP Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Klopp gave himself a little love for bringing Shaqiri into the fray at 1-1, as the ex-Stoke City midfielder had two deflected shots find the back of the goal. They should make light work of Lyon and will be Liverpool's biggest threat in the competition. The Foxes have been through a traumatic time this season but the performances on the pitch are leaving a lot to be desired and were doing so long before the tragic helicopter crash that killed five people including chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. "To speak about luck and goals you have to speak about the second and the third".

Ajax's record in the past six meetings has been very poor, losing 20-2 across the matches, but this side seems to be special and they very almost secured first place in their group, pushing Bayern Munich right to the end.

Chelsea moved three points clear of London rivals Arsenal, who were beaten at Southampton. The first goal - what a goal.

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho and Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp shake hands after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.

United are one point above seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea. The first half an hour was outstanding.

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