Bruno Fernandes insists Liverpool aren’t playing poorly. He defended the Premier League champions’ recent form.
Bruno Fernandes has insisted Liverpool aren’t “playing poorly” as his Manchester United side prepare to take on the Premier League champions in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face the Merseysiders in the fourth round of the competition a week after playing out a 0-0 draw with their fierce rivals in the Premier League.
That Anfield result was part of a five-game winless run in the league for Liverpool, who saw their 68-match unbeaten home run in the top flight ended by Burnley on Thursday.
The concern is the relative lack of precision from the usually formidable front three of Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, as well as the quality of chances created.
“I think teams have moments,” he told United’s website. “I don’t think Liverpool are playing poorly. I think they don’t win and this is the point.
“When teams don’t win, everyone talks about that. When players don’t score, everyone talks about that. I feel that on me because I know the standard is high, because I arrived and I scored a lot of goals and make a lot of assists, and everyone is wanting goals and assists from me.
“It is the same – everyone expects goals from Salah, from Firmino and from Mané. They are not scoring in the last games and it starts feeling like ‘oh, they are not playing well’.
“They create, they play, but the other teams are playing better [than before] and, as I said before, they have more qualities to play. Every team goes there to play maybe without the pressure of the fans. Teams play a little bit more comfortably and, as I say, I think it is a moment. We don’t have to look at that moment because big teams and big players can show in every moment.”
Credit: AS English
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