The derby between Manchester United and Liverpool, won by the Red Devils 2:1, caused serious emotions.
After the match, the English media were adamant that the basis of the success was the tactical victory of Erik ten Hag over Jurgen Klopp. The Dutch specialist left Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Harry Maguire on the bench, which caused a lot of comments.
After the match, the first question to Ten Haag was precisely about the two players, and the manager assured that they will have some role in the team in the future.
“We can talk a lot about tactics, but what was important was the overall attitude of the players. The players communicated on the pitch and showed fighting spirit. We were a real team. This is only the beginning. We are able to act with more composure and be even more dangerous in attack. I explained to the players that they should not talk, but act. I told them to be united and brave. I don’t need to talk about Ronaldo and Maguire separately. They are great players and will have their role in the team, including in the short term plan,” Ten Haag explained.
His colleague in Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, admitted that he was worried. After the first 3 rounds, the Merseysiders are still without a win and are 7 points behind leaders Arsenal. Klopp justified the many injuries in his team and even stated that Liverpool deserved to win.
“The second goal for the opponent seemed to me from an ambush. It’s hard for me to come to terms, but I have no choice. Our situation is complicated from the point of view of the fact that we have a lot of injuries. During the week I had 14-15 players. I hope someone from them not to get injured. In my opinion, we deserved to win. I know it sounds funny, but that’s how I saw the game. We’re in a difficult situation, but that’s the situation. We’re constantly playing catch-up, and when the opposition is so good on the counter-attack , it becomes even more difficult,” noted Klopp.