Jose Mourinho goaded Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United by saying the German manager “did not like the menu” at Old Trafford.
Liverpool needed a late equaliser to salvage a point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and afterward Mourinho was quick to remind Klopp that he has failed to win at United in five attempts as his team dropped points for the first time this season.
“He didn’t like the menu,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “He likes meat and he got fish. United, with the limitations they have at the moment, they played with five at the back, were solid and didn’t give the chance of transition. Jurgen Klopp didn’t like the menu.
“They [Liverpool] missed quality to play against a team with a low block. They have a fantastic record of so many victories. But they have limitations against teams with low blocks. They can smash opponents that play the way they want to play against.
“Jurgen clearly has frustrations. It’s a fantastic situation for his team. But at Old Trafford — which is a special place to win — he [Klopp] never did it.”
Klopp admitted after the match that he was indeed left frustrated at what he believed was a foul on Divock Origi in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s first-half opener. Liverpool would have gone in at half-time level had VAR not chalked off a Sadio Mane goal before Adam Lallana came off the bench to score an equaliser five minutes from time.
“We were good enough for a point,” said Klopp. “The first goal I think everyone can agree it was a foul, but with VAR it is not a clear foul. That is the situation. We didn’t lose but it was an obvious foul.
“Then we got a disallowed goal. I didn’t see it back but it was probably handball but everything just seemed to go against us.”
Klopp also seemed to disagree with Mourinho’s assessment that his team don’t play well against defences that sit back and accused Man United of always playing that way in his experience in the Premier League.
“We always play against the wall. We need to do better but it is how it is,” Klopp added. “We play very often against a team like this. Maybe we can do better. One point is completely fine. We carry on.”
Klopp’s annoyance focused on Victor Lindelof’s challenge on Origi before Dan James raced away to cross for Rashford to score on 36 minutes. The goal was checked by VAR after referee Martin Atkinson had allowed the game to continue and Solskjaer insisted the right outcome had been reached.
“No chance [that it was a foul], we’re not playing basketball,” said the United boss. “He touched him, but it’s not a clear and obvious error.”