Tuesday 18 October 2016 09:45, UK
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool only had themselves to blame after they failed to break through Manchester United at Anfield.
Goalkeeper David de Gea made two fine second-half saves from Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho to deny Liverpool the chance to move joint top of the Premier League.
However, it was a game of few chances as Jose Mourinho set his team up to frustrate the hosts, who failed to hit the heights of their previous performances this season where they beat Chelsea and drew with Tottenham.
"I've got mixed emotions," said Klopp
"I'm not happy with the game. It was a hectic game. There was pressure here, pressure there. I don't think we played as well as we could have. That's our fault, nobody else's.
"We started OK, but with their kind of defending - man on man defending - we weren't brave anymore. We didn't wait for the right pass. We created one-on-one situations but they had physical strength. That's where perhaps they are better than they are. But they didn't create many chances.
"We had two or three great saves from David de Gea, but our performance was not how it should be.
"It was our first clean sheet, so yippee. That's all I'm happy about."
United had just 35 per cent possession in the game, their lowest total in a Premier League match for the Red Devils since Opta began recording this data in 2003-04. However, without the ball, Mourinho's men were organised and strong in the tackle, winning 60 per cent of their duels.
Klopp admitted Liverpool struggled to deal with United's physical approach.
"All the little fouls they did, it's not a problem - that's how football is," added Klopp.
"They want to win, or maybe just take a point. But we have to use it. We have to turn their strengths into a weakness. That's what we didn't do. It's still very early in the season. Obviously today we couldn't bring it through, that's one part of the truth."