Why Klopp needs to Rebuild the Team after being Trashed 4 Goals to Nil by Manchester United

 

Losing against Manchester United is never a pleasant experience for Liverpool, regardless of the circumstances.

But, despite what looks to be a humiliation at the hands of Red Devils, there should be cause for concern.

On Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp‘s team were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United in front of a rowdy crowd at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium.

Klopp will have reminded his players that preseason is more about fitness and tactical knowledge than capturing big scalps.

Not United, however. New United coach Erik den Tag fielded a remarkably powerful squad to make an early impression. Klopp played three experimental outfield teams for 30 minutes each.

Will the defeat last beyond tonight? It’s unlikely to affect Liverpool when they play at Old Trafford next month.

Could a shocking score hurt morale? Liverpool’s Thai fans, who outnumbered United’s, would not have expected this outcome.

Klopp will seek to build on the opening 30 minutes’ energetic offensive display, however.

Roberto Firmino was active as usual while diving deeper to combine play with Luis Diaz.

Most promising were the performances of two 19-year-old forwards Liverpool believes can play major roles under Klopp.

Harvey Elliott – now with a squad number that fits his age – is probably guaranteed to be more prominent this season following an injury-plagued year.

 

He showed why with a showing full of finesse, confidence, quick thinking, and tight control.

 

Fabio Carvalho, Elliott’s former Fulham teammate, is a more unknown quantity among Reds fans. This first look of him in a Liverpool jersey must have excited him, functioning from a deeper midfield position and coming close to scoring during a goalmouth scramble.

All three of United’s first-half goals were preventable defensive mistakes, which Klopp finds promising.

Isaac Mabaya, 17, failed to clear a Bruno Fernandes cross at the far post, and Jadon Sancho scored.

Fred chipped home United’s second on the half-hour after Liverpool missed many chances to clear the ball.

Anthony Martial stole Rhys Williams, who had just been introduced, and scored three minutes later.

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