Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Manchester United’s David De Gea following his side’s 3-1 aggregate win over Louis van Gaal‘s men in the Europa League, claiming that it was “Liverpool vs De Gea”.
De Gea, who made six saves in total, once again saved Man United from embarrassment following a magnificent performance between the sticks.
His efforts were ultimately in vein, with Philippe Coutinho’s goal just before half time serving as a killer blow to United’s hopes of reaching the last eight. Speaking after the game, Klopp was quick to point out the Spaniard’s brilliance.
“They tried to play really offensive, but we had our chances, it was Liverpool v De Gea,” he said.
“He was unbelievable again.”
If it weren’t for De Gea, this tie would have quickly descended into complete humiliation for van Gaal, and probably a prompt sacking from a board that continues to be ignorant of the universal ire generated by the Dutchman.
The 24-year-old made a number of smart stops in the first half, which allowed momentum to develop in the first period. And even as the game descended into a grim ennui, De Gea was still on hand in the second half to thwart the possibility of further embarrassment.