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Klopp: Liverpool cannot win the Premier League playing like Mourinho

The Reds failed to break down an unadventurous Manchester United side to fall back further in the title race, but the manager’s spirits remain high

JURGEN KLOPP HAS defended Liverpool’s playing style following a dour goalless draw with Manchester United, and stated his side will not win the Premier League adopting the Special One’s tactics.

The Reds were frustrated at home on Saturday as Mourinho’s United shut up shop, and were forced to settle for a share of the points in a 0-0 tie.

That result leaves Liverpool nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City after just eight games, and the 27-year wait for the title at Anfield looks likely to be extended for another season.

Klopp, however, feels that imitating Saturday’s adversary is no recipe for success.

“Most things [Manchester United] did were completely clear. Why should I talk about them sitting back before the game? That’s not my job,” the German told reporters.

“Jose obviously did what he thinks is right, or what he wants to do, and that is OK. It doesn’t make life easier for us but I can’t moan and say ‘Come on, open up a little bit’. That’s not how it is.

“They want to win the league and I am sure we couldn’t play like this in Liverpool after 125 years without the title. We cannot sit back and say ‘Let’s wait’ — that is not possible.”

Despite trailing seemingly unstoppable City so early in the season, Klopp refused to lose his optimism after seeing another result go against Liverpool.

“We have to do whatever is necessary and we will be challengers,” he said.

“We will be challengers for the next few years no problem. We showed big heart, we were brave, I thought we were smart in doing the right thing at the right moment, but in the end it didn’t work out.

“If we get the penalty, and I know we’d still have to score, but Mo Salah was still on the pitch and he scored the most difficult penalty in the world for Egypt last week, then it’s 1-0.

“We take it like it is. If you really want to know who we are, watch the full 90 minutes of our last few games and tell me we were not good.”

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