It’s a tale as old as time. Liverpool dominates possession. Liverpool has gorgeous build-up play. Liverpool player shoots from an area where it would be harder to miss...! And the opposing goalkeeper somehow makes a miraculous save that costs Liverpool points.
The unlucky recipient of the Liverpool treatment this week against Manchester United was Joël Matip, who saw his shot at pointblank range get deflected away by DeGea’s left foot.
“I have to score, but he saved it really brilliantly. Opportunities like this we have to use and it was a little bit unlucky and frustrating,” the defender admitted.
That ended up being the best chance of the game, and subsequent rewatches still boggle the mind. How did that not go in? Because Liverpool, I guess.
About their own defensive performance on the day, Matip had this to say, “Against a team like Manchester United you cannot defend every situation but we did it well over the 90 minutes, they didn't often have opportunities, so a clean sheet and we can use this as a base to go on.”
Keeping a clean sheet against a team that didn’t seem to even want to score is maybe not the most impressive achievement, but considering that Liverpool have been leaking goals like a sieve, I’ll take any positives where I can get them.
There’s a quick turnaround this week with Champions League action back on, and Liverpool will try to make their mark on their group when they once again take on NK Maribor in Slovenia on Tuesday.