Ole's post-match press conference
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to the media at Anfield about set pieces, missed chances and transfer plans...
Q: Were you reasonably happy with the commitment today? OGS: I’ve not had reason at all, all season, to question the commitment. The players are giving absolutely everything they’ve got. This group of players would not go onto the pitch without showing the commitment. So, commitment is no issue at all. The way we handled the game - there were some disappointing periods, of course, because you don’t like to conceded goals from set-pieces. The first 10 minutes of the second half were hard, but the way they stood up for each other, defended well, David made some great saves and we got back into the game. That showed the commitment and quality we have. Q: What was the plan for the corner where Van Dijk scored? OGS: It didn’t go to plan. They worked a good block and you have to be at your best against Virgil because he’s one of the best headers of the ball and when he gets a free run it’s never easy to defend against. Disappointing and then the last kick of the game is disappointing, but we had to send everyone up there, after half and hour with some good chances and pressure for us. Q: Did you think the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game? OGS: Doesn’t matter what is fair reflection of the game, they won it. We had chances, they had chances and we should/could have scored. It’s about taking the moments and we had some big chances as well. I would probably say they deserved to win. Q: Ole, with Pogba and McTominay, missing was it always going to be tough today? OGS: The players are giving absolutely everything and, of course, when you miss Scott, Paul and Marcus, any club would notice that. So that might mean we might look at some short-term deals to take us to the summer. It might not. Marcus has suffered a stress fracture against Wolverhampton. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for. We’ll give him enough time to heal, of course. Normally it’s six weeks until you can get going and then you need time to get match-fit again. Q: Will this change your transfer targets? OGS: The permanent singings we’re looking, the targets are not going to change because we’ve got three players injuries for the next few months. Of course, you still have to have a plan behind them, but there might be some short-term deals that we have to do. Q: Would you worry if you end the month without anyone coming in? OGS: Today is not about the transfer window, it can’t be. We’ve just had a game against the biggest teams in the country, at the moment. If there are no questions about the game we can move on. Q: Did you think you deserved anything today? OGS: I felt in the last half an hour that we could take something from the game. When we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes of the second half, I felt we created some chances and put some pressure on them. They are probably the most direct team in the league. They put you under so much pressure and I thought our defenders handled that so well in the second half, and in midfield, when those long balls come and Mane, Salah and Firmino are running. It’s difficult because they always look to get in behind you. Then we started winning those challenges and second balls. I thought Andy, Fred and Nemanja in there, won loads of turnovers. The quality wasn’t there, but we felt we could get something from the game. I felt those transitions periods looked dangerous, but we didn’t have the quality. In the last 10/15 minutes we really pegged them back and pressed them. We made them look tired… well we looked fit. We are getting there, that’s something we have to take from this game, the last half an hour. We looked strong and I’m very pleased with them, but we didn’t have that quality. When you don’t have that quality in the last pass, the finish or the cross, you don’t get anything from places like this. Q: Ole, was it correct that Marcus had that fracture in his back before the Wolverhampton game? OGS: No. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but it happened in that game. Q: How will you be able to cope without his goals? OGS: We’ve just got to. He’s been absolutely fantastic all season. We had a similar spell with Anthony out for eight weeks and Mason got more games. Now he’s got more experience. Juan is getting back to his best and we have to deal with it. Q: Can you put that sort of pressure on Mason? OGS: Of course we’ve been careful with him because there is a top player there. There is a chance for him, but it might be that we do one or two things in the window.