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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool should have beaten Man Utd if they had played ‘a little bit better’ at Old Trafford but has injury concerns

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his side would have beaten Manchester United if they played “a little bit better” on Monday Night Football – but admitted he was concerned about his team’s injury problems.

Klopp defended his side’s performance despite their first league defeat at Old Trafford since March 2018, insisting Liverpool had “played the game we wanted to play” after Jadon Sancho’s 16th-minute opener.

“I saw a good performance,” said Klopp. “If we score the equaliser at any time it is not the biggest surprise. We could have won the game tonight if we had played slightly better.”

That assessment came despite a defensive performance labelled “embarrassing” by Jamie Carragher and a result which left Liverpool without a win in their opening three league games for the first time in a decade, with the Reds blown away at times by United’s intensity and running.

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Klopp told Sky Sports: “They were really aggressive in the beginning, it was absolutely clear what would happen. Reality shows if we are really ready, and in the beginning they were more aggressive than us, they hit the post and it was a hectic game.

“Then they scored the goal, and we took over, and played the game we wanted to play, more or less.

“We were unlucky with situations, especially around set-pieces. I don’t know how one ball didn’t go in, in a game like this against an opponent like United it would be very helpful if we could score in that moment and go in 1-1 at half-time.

“Conceding the second one doesn’t help, and then we score ours and then it’s a hectic game with a lot of interruptions – and not the result we wanted.

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“Maybe they were [sharper], that’s not right of course but when we calmed down we were there. We had an extreme number of shots for an away game at United, we should use more of these moments if we do that.

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“Even with our situation, but playing a little bit better, if we were a little more convinced about what we do we should’ve won this game. I know it sounds ridiculous, but that’s how I see it.”

Liverpool were again left without a number of their first-team players with Thiago, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate all missing and Fabinho only on the bench for the Reds’ biggest test of the season so far.

Klopp has previously said he does not plan to enter the transfer market for reinforcements but after defeat at Old Trafford left Liverpool with two points from their first three games, he admitted his concern over their injury list and results.

“It’s obvious we are in a tricky situation injury-wise, we get through the week with 14-15 senior players available, we have to make sure none of them get injured because there’s no real options left any more,” he added.

“I’m concerned about our situation, it’s not easy at the moment but that’s how it is. We prepare now for Bournemouth, Newcastle and Everton – that’s how it is. We can play better, we know that, but we had a lot of good moments and performances today.

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Monday Night Football his old side deserved nothing from the game at Old Trafford, and pointed to a wider issue which has now seen the Reds concede first in each of their last seven Premier League games.

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“Liverpool didn’t deserve to win this game,” he said. “If they’d got the 2-2 back towards the end it would’ve been a great point, but it wouldn’t have felt like justice within the stadium.

“Sometimes we look at stats and look at them and use them a lot, if you looked at them tonight without watching the game you’d think Liverpool dominated Manchester United. It didn’t feel like that watching it.

“When a team goes 1-0 or 2-0 up they’ll drop off and say come and break us down, especially against Liverpool because you know at this moment they’re having problems breaking teams down, and you can always get at them on the counter-attack.

“That is a big problem for Liverpool at the moment, too often teams are getting through. Even when Liverpool were in possession tonight, I still felt Man Utd were more dangerous.

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“Liverpool didn’t deserve anything from the game.”

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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