Jurgen Klopp downbeat after Liverpool's draw with Manchester United

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side were not at their best against Manchester United and were not brave enough offensively

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool only had themselves to blame after they failed to break through Manchester United at Anfield.

Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by a stubborn United in Monday night's Premier League clash.

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. 

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Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

"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.

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"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."

Jose Mourinho reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United
Image: Jose Mourinho reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United

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.

Antonio Valencia makes a tackle on Roberto Firmino during the match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield
Image: Antonio Valencia makes a tackle on Roberto Firmino

"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."

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