Unlike Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, who was in a jovial, smug mood following Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers was resigned to using words and phrases like “disappointed” and “we were nowhere near that level” on Saturday.
Rodgers, who as Liverpool manager has beaten Man United in league play just twice in seven tries (2W-0D-5L), was quick to point out his side were nowhere near good enough during the first half, particularly in midfield.
Rodgers, assessing his side during his post-game television interview (above video):
“Obviously we’re disappointed with the result. In the first half, defensively we had good organization, but technically we were nowhere near that level to be able to keep the ball to create chances. We created very little in the first half.
“We weren’t bothered too much defensively. I thought any chances they had came from us giving the ball away very cheaply.”
“I thought [Christian Benteke] was excellent for us. It was too easy at times, I felt, for the players behind him to just play it up to him directly. We need to get better service into him. You see the technique that he has. He’s a big powerful guy. There’s not to many players that score goals like that. It was a brilliant goal.”