Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: What next for the Reds?
We sat down with Anthony Stonelake (@antstonelake) from @TheAnfieldTalk to run through the defeat to Manchester United and what's next for the Reds...
What did you make of today’s game then? AS: Today's game is going to divide the fanbase. It's going to be hard to stomach losing to Manchester United in any competition but there were definitely some positives to take out of the game. We looked much better going forward but struggled in the defensive half of the middle third to win the ball from Pogba and Fernandes when he came on. What went wrong today for the Reds? Was it the lack of a senior centre back or something more? AS: You can isolate two incidents of individual errors that led to two of United's three goal. Rhys Williams' error for their second and Fabinho's foul on Cavani for the third. Any team is going to struggle with constant individual errors but it's so hard to eradicate them when the centre-half that you're playing was a non-league player last year and the other is a midfielder. Do you take positives from today at least? Goal drought is now over, was there something Liverpool can build from out there today? AS: Definitely there are positives. We moved the ball much better in the final third and actually looked like we had some attacking creativity when the ball ended up on the flanks with Trent and Robbo. We just need to make sure that we can make that continue on to our game against Spurs on Thursday. Where do the Reds go from here? Do you believe they need to go into the market?
AS: I think so. I'm in favour of a rebuild in the summer and I've got a very specific vision for what I'd personally do to the side but it's probably quite unrealistic. We, at the very least, need to bring in a quality centre half. What would you like to see the club do? Should Liverpool fail to sign a centre half where do you see the rest of the season going? AS: In my ideal fantasy world we need two centre halves, a midfielder and a forward at the very least this summer. I'd personally like to see Dayot Upamecano, Perr Schuurs, Nicolo Barella and either Haaland or Mbappe come in this summer. It's just a question as to whether or not the club will go all out and spend that money. If we don't bring in a defender, even on a temporary deal, we will struggle to win the league and our aspirations instantly flip to trying to make sure get top four.