Liverpool’s draw with Man City is good for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reputation

Liverpool may have dropped points in their Premier League clash against Manchester City – but the real winner from the game may be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Reds could not take the opportunity to go top of the table as they were pegged to a 0-0 draw against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Mohamed Salah gave them the lead from the penalty spot after 13 minutes before Gabriel Jesus’ smart turn saw him poke past Alisson on the half-hour.

Kevin de Bruyne had the chance to make it 2-1 before the break but hit his penalty wide of the mark.

It means that Klopp remains ahead of Guardiola in their head-to-head stats, now drawing three of their 20 encounters.

The German has nine wins against his rival, who took eight in his time at Bayern Munich and City.

And the Liverpool boss is one of only two managers who have a better record than the Spaniard when compared directly, the other one being Solskjaer.

United’ manager was under pressure before beating Everton 3-1 to start the weekend’s fixtures.

His latest win came at Old Trafford before lockdown, beating City 2-0 with an incredible Scott McTominay curling effort late on.

And they tasted victory at the Etihad Stadium in January in the Carabao, despite being 3-1 down from the first leg.

While Solskjaer’s reputation gained some restoration at Goodison Park, he was left fuming with schedule organisers for giving his side just three days between matches this week.

He told BT Sport after Saturday’s win: “Of course it is, because we were set up to fail. I said to you before, I want to talk to you about the kick-off time, before the game, and this has set up the boys to fail.

“We’ve got Luke Shaw injured today because we’ve been to Turkey, we’ve had loads of games this season already.

“And we’ve been to Turkey on Wednesday night, back Thursday morning and we’re playing Saturday, lunchtime kick-off?

“It’s an absolute shambles and I can’t praise the boys enough for that character they’ve shown. That’s all I want to talk about today. Those boys, they deserve better than being thrown out here to fail today.”

And Klopp has backed the United boss in his frustrations with the fixture list.

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