Following Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United, Jamie Carragher called Liverpool’s defensive play “embarrassing.” Jurgen Klopp’s team had been playing poorly.
Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford scored for the home team at Old Trafford to give the hosts their first victory under Erik ten Hag, continuing Liverpool’s sluggish start to the Premier League season.
With only two points after three games, Liverpool has fallen seven points behind Arsenal, the early front-runner.
An injured midfield and a defense that appeared frail and once again behaved inexplicably were of particular worry to Klopp.
Carragher thought that his previous team “did not appear ready” for the match, although applauding Manchester United for a much-needed, much-improved performance.
Liverpool’s defense was very poor. They were completely absent from the races, Carragher claimed on Sky Sports.
In the first half, “United seemed like they were going to score every time they went forward.”
It was humiliating. Liverpool were dispersed throughout. Although Liverpool weren’t prepared for a derby game, United were magnificent. They didn’t appear prepared for the game, which worries Jurgen Klopp at the moment. Liverpool ought to receive the same treatment following this as Manchester United received for their Brentford defense.
Liverpool started the season by rallying from a goal down to tie with Fulham, but they also lost to Crystal Palace.
Five points already separate Klopp’s team from Manchester City, the likely title challengers, who finished second last season.
Manchester United’s victory put them above their opponents and out of the bottom three of the Premier League on a night that also saw Casemiro, who had just been bought by them from Real Madrid, introduced to the crowd prior to kickoff, as well as a fan protest.
Gary Neville, a former right defender for Manchester United, said that he was startled by the performance’s caliber but insisted that it could not be a “one-off.”
After the previous few weeks, Neville stated, “I never thought I’d say that as a Manchester United fan watching these players.
“Manchester United’s fight, enthusiasm, and energy were superb. I’m in utter disbelief since I didn’t think it was possible. The first 45 minutes of what I was viewing were incredible. I didn’t believe Manchester United could do it.
This is a significant improvement. I don’t know what has transpired on the practice field this week, but they have responded. Whatever it is, I find it hard to trust what I have seen.
They outpaced Liverpool both in terms of speed and distance. That can’t be a one-off. We’ve all seen the work ethic, therefore that’s the benchmark they’ve now established. They played some solid football while running a lot more than they had previously.
“They were under huge pressure those United players, so to respond to last week was a major moment for Ten Hag and the club,” Ten Hag said. “After two or three minutes, the crowd were cheering because of tackles and effort, not because of goals but because of challenges.”