Jurgen Klopp has emphasized that Liverpool did not intend to humiliate Manchester United on Tuesday night in a 4-0 win over Anfield.
The incident comes after the Reds had already beaten their arch-rivals 5-0 at Old Trafford in October, two results highlighting the staggering gap that exists between the two teams at the moment.
Goals from Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane, and two for Mohamed Salah brace gave Liverpool the victory on Tuesday, and while the Reds’ Egyptian talisman insisted that United make ‘life easier’ for them, Klopp expressed sympathy for their current plight.
“I did not come to disappoint the enemy. We did what we had to do in these [two] games,” he said.
“They have played without their midfielders and if you are in a difficult situation like United before the game, Paul has to come out and it is not easy to play with us.
“9-0 [more than two games this season], I ‘m not interested in that – it’ s something for the fans if they want to be happy.
The win lifted Liverpool by two points to the top of the Premier League, with second-placed Man City two points behind.
Manchester United are in sixth place. They are three points adrift of Tottenham in the semi-finals of the Champions League but Antonio Conte’s men played a small game.