Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side dominate possession against Manchester United and create more chances only to be undone by their Achilles heel of conceding from a set-piece.
United captain Wayne Rooney scored from the visitors’ only shot on target in the 1-0 win at Anfield to make it five goals in his last four games.
You can talk about their performance and it wasn’t that good but they won so they are really happyJurgen Klopp
“It’s really bad,” Kloipp said. “It’s a derby and in a derby you only have one job to do - you have to win it. That’s the only possibility to be satisfied after the game.
“United at this moment will be happy. You can talk about their performance and it wasn’t that good but they won so they are really happy.
“We played better but feel frustrated because there were many things that were good but our finishing was not good, otherwise we would have scored a goal.
“The set-play was not good defending but it was unlucky because we had changed a few positions moments before.
“But three mistakes around the goal were too much against a team of the quality of Man United.
“In this moment it is only frustrating, which is how it should be.”
United manager Louis Van Gaal believes the win at Anfield can breathe new life into an unexpected title bid.
The three points, coupled with Arsenal’s goalless draw at Stoke, leaves them seven points behind the Premier League leaders.
“We have a lot of matches still to go,” said the Dutchman.
“We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans and everyone in the environment of Manchester United.
“We have to continue, which is not so easy. We have seen that but we can do it because we show every week we can do it.”