Mourinho's post-match interview
Jose was disappointed to lose to two deflections but pleased with the effort of his players at Anfield...
MATCH ASSESSMENT "If they scored in the first 20 minutes, when they were much stronger than us and our boys couldn't make three passes, couldn't leave the defensive area, were struggling with their intensity and physicality, I would say yes we deserved much better. But then, when the control is getting higher, the pace goes down - we need the pace to go down, because we are not the fastest team with the fastest players - it looks under control and at least a point was controlled, and with some possible approach to win it, that was when we lost with two deflections. The first thing he told us in the dressing room was that they were two easy shots to save." WE THOUGHT WE COULD WIN IT "I thought it was there for us. Obviously they were the strongest team, the most offensive team, with a more dangerous approach. But it was exactly that period when van Dijk, Fabinho, Lovren were coming with the ball and shooting from 40 metres because they couldn't find the space to play. It was when Lukaku was lively and Martial was ready to come on. We felt we had a chance. So, yes, we were frustrated to lose the game in the way we did it and in the moment we did it." I COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE EFFORT "Not at all. In these circumstances: Darmian trained for one day to play, Dalot trained one day to play, Lindelof trained one day to play, Martial trained one day to play. All week, we didn't know who was going to play. All week we didn't know who was available and not available. In the last minute, even Smalling was not ready to play. But the Smalling one is not an excuse at all because I think Bailly played very, very well." BAILLY DID REALLY WELL "I think it was a distraction, but Eric coped very, very well with it. He had a great focus and a great concentration. It was not at all because of that emergency change why we lost the game."