Zlatan Ibrahimovic praised Liverpool following their goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday night, claiming they’re doing “great things” in the Premier League this season.
The bitter-rivals met for the first time this term at Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp’s men looked to extend their impressive winning run in the top flight. Liverpool’s form was a complete contrast to United, who’d won just one of their last four Premier League games prior to Monday, leaving Jose Mourinho’s troops in a tricky position.
Both managers deployed 4-2-3-1 formations, but the Red Devils’ approach was far more defensive-minded than the hosts, as they produced a resolute second half display on Merseyside to keep Liverpool at bay. Klopp’s men have been rampant at times this season, but United comfortably shut them out throughout the game.
Although he praised the result from United’s perspective, Ibrahimovic also hailed Liverpool’s displays this term, hinting they could be title challengers.
“After the second half, I think it was a good result,” the 35-year-old told ESPN. “We came and did what we needed to do, especially in the first half. Second half, we loosened up a little bit and then they got more chances. They played more like they’re used to playing.
“It’s not easy to play here at Anfield. Liverpool, at the moment, are playing very good and doing great things in the competition.”
The Reds have scored 18 goals and conceded 10 in their opening eight Premier League fixtures, as they sit fourth on 17 points, three clear of United in seventh and two behind joint-leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.
Next up for them is a home clash with West Bromwich Albion this weekend, before taking on Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup next week.