Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Klopp Frustration after 'Wild' Derby Ends Drawn; MANCHESTER UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Klopp Frustration after 'Wild' Derby Ends Drawn; MANCHESTER UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL1

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JURGEN Klopp cut a frustrated figure after claiming Manchester United's long-ball tactics cost Liverpool three points in a "wild" derby. Unlike October's drab, goalless draw at Anfield, the 50th Premier League meeting of the bitter rivals lived up to the billing in terms of entertainment and energy at Old Trafford.

Liverpool looked set to give the hosts a bloody nose as James Milner fired home a first-half penalty after Paul Pogba, whose Twitter hashtag was advertised around the pitch, handled a corner in the box.

However, the world's most expensive player's blushes were saved by fellow big-name summer acquisition Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading home six minutes from time to secure a 1-1 draw.

Klopp was naturally frustrated to have conceded a late equaliser, which the Liverpool boss believes was borne out of United's direct style that ended up with the ball spending "25 minutes in the air".

"We needed to be brave, we created the spaces we wanted, we scored the goal," Klopp told BBC Sport.

"In the end period of the game when United started playing long balls (to) Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after 80 minutes (of) high intense football, it is really hard.

"I hoped we would have a bit of luck, unfortunately not, but all good.

"Tomorrow I can enjoy the result, but tonight only the performance.

"It is so intense. They play long balls, it was a wild game. There was a lot of action in the last few minutes.

"We were here to win the game, which is why we are not 100 per cent satisfied."

Klopp was proud of his players' display given Liverpool were without a number of key men against a United team on a nine-match winning run in all competitions.

The German has now lost just one of his seven meetings with Mourinho, with whom he clashed towards the end of the match after an incident involving Roberto Firmino and Ander Herrera. Both managers downplayed the issue, though, Klopp saying: "We could not have the same opinion in this moment."

Liverpool's manager was unwilling to speak about a potential offside in the build-up to United's equaliser or a Wayne Rooney challenge on goalscorer Milner, while Mourinho was coy on the spot-kick conceded by Pogba. …

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