United 1 Liverpool 1: Ole's press conference
"No chance - we’re not playing basketball," said Ole when asked if Lindelof had fouled Origi before Rashford's goal...
You must be disappointed Ole, after playing so well, not to get the win? "Yeah, I’m disappointed on the behalf of the players because of the effort they put in and the fans, of course, because they deserved more than one point I felt. When it’s towards the end of the game it feels worse as well. They put us under towards the end but I didn’t feel like they created too many chances and we soaked the pressure up really well. One lack of concentration and it’s a goal - that’s the level we’re at." Klopp felt you only defended - do you think that’s fair assessment? We set a team up to attack and be aggressive and create chances, and I thought we did that." Ole, it clicked today for your team. What was the difference today? "There are loads of different reasons for a team performance, but today, we were more direct. I felt Marcus, Dan and Andreas - the front men, if you like - caused them problems both on and off the ball. I though the energy they had was excellent. That’s just how it is at times in football. You play against someone and you’re dependent on the opposition. I thought we did well - well enough for them to change the system and that’s a pat on the back for the boys. But they put us on the back foot in the second half." Ole do you feel your team are better on the counter attack? "It depends on what you call a counter attack. We’re better when we attack quickly - no dilly-dallying on the ball. Play the ball forward - it doesn’t have to be a counter attack. I spoke about it before the game: take more risks, be braver. It doesn’t matter if you lose the ball up there because you can win it back. In the Champions league final, Liverpool got a penalty after 40 seconds from the hooking the ball in behind and [off a player’s arm]. It’s about playing the right type of football and playing direct helped us." Ole, when you make it so difficult for a side who are runaway leaders at the top of the table, do you think that gives a truer reflection of where United should be? "Results always reflect performances in the end. I’ve said it many times that we haven’t got the results we have deserved, but it doesn’t help me talking about it. We need to go out there and win games. One point today was the start of something, but we’re still disappointed that we didn’t get three. We’re not excited by taking one point off a good team. We need to start winning games." That’s eight points you’ve dropped this season from winning positions. How did you go about changing that habit? "Getting the second goal. Today, I felt before they scored, we had two or three great opportunities to attack. Yeah, we soaked up the pressure well in the second half until they scored, but we didn’t keep the ball and create enough ourselves. That’s the next level as well for these boys. But I’m dead pleased for these boys. I thought they got the crowd going, the crowd got them going and it was a proper game of football. I thought, and it’s not very often I’ve said out there to the players, that we can praise the referee, but he played the game the way it should be. He played it like a derby. He let things go. I think that passion on the pitch, that he let go, affected the stands as well." Jurgen Klopp there was a foul in the build up to your goal... "No chance. We’re not playing basketball." Do you think he dived then? "No, he touched him but it’s not clear and obvious error so I didn’t think it was a foul." Ole, just on Dan James. I think he only made his senior debut about 20 month ago. To go out play like that under the pressure, what does that say about him? "The boy’s got a great attitude. He has no fear. He’s brave. He gets kicked, he gets up again and then he gets kicked again. He must be a nightmare to play against when gets that type of space. The boy has been a delight to work with and I thought him and Marcus played really well today."