Loris Karius: Manchester United tactics were a compliment to Liverpool
Last Updated: 18/10/16 3:48pm
Goalkeeper Loris Karius believes Manchester United's defensive tactics at Anfield on Red Monday were a compliment to Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho set his side up to frustrate but they were indebted to two excellent David De Gea saves to ensure they came away with a 0-0 draw.
Jurgen Klopp's preference for a high-tempo game, which this season has started to click into gear, never got into its stride and it was a disjointed performance as the visitors' game plan worked to perfection.
"They know we're a really strong team, so that's a compliment for us," said the German, who kept his first clean sheet since taking over from Simon Mignolet in goal.
"United maybe waited for the one chance to get a goal, as obviously their priority was to stop our play, our attacks.
"We knew we had to be patient because it was going to be tough.
"Second half we managed better to get through but United defended well with De Gea making top saves."
Midfielder Emre Can, making his first Premier League start of the season, felt Liverpool deserved more than a point from the game but accepted a side of their quality has to test opponents more.
"I think we deserved to win the game because we had the better chances and played better," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"It wasn't our best game but we played better than Manchester United.
"We didn't keep the ball too well. We have to do it better in the next game. We will learn."