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Klopp names the two Man Utd players who stopped Mohamed Salah

Klopp names the two Man Utd players who stopped Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has praised Man Utd duo Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw for containing the threat of on Sunday.

played a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at the Old Trafford to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 10 games.

Despite Liverpool enjoying the lion’s share of possession, the hosts’ defence came out on top, nullifying any attacking threat from the Reds’ front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw played a key role in helping Man Utd keep their first clean sheet at home in the Premier League since November, and earned Klopp’s praise after the game.

“Mo knows he can play better than he did today. Lindelof and Shaw together did a pretty good job,” Klopp said.

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“I don’t know why Salah didn’t play well but I’m not here to be disappointed. I’m here to help the players play their best football. They want to perform. Sometimes it doesn’t happen,” he added.

United had an injury crisis in the first-half, losing Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to injury, but Klopp, who also had Roberto Firmino brought off in the first half, believes that the injuries affected Liverpool as well as the Red Devils.

“If United had played like they have been, with the same players, it would have been a different game. They would have known what they were doing and so would we,” Klopp revealed.

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“The whole game changed. That wasn’t good for us. It happened. Today the performance was good enough for a draw at United. We’ll take a point – it’s more than a lot of people probably expected.

“The injuries cost us our rhythm. I’m not saying it should happen, but it did. The first half was okay, the second half less. They had one big chance when Ali made a fantastic save, the rest was set-pieces,” he concluded.

Following the draw, Liverpool moved up to the top of the table with 67 points, one ahead of Man City, while Man United dropped to fifth place after Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Southampton.

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