Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits that his side could have done much better against Manchester United following their a 0-0 draw by against their arch-rivals at Anfield on Monday.
United limited the Reds' chances in the first-half by pressing Klopp's side and it wasn't only until Adam Lallana was introduced in the second-half that Liverpool started to test David de Gea.
Meanwhile, Liverpool could have moved level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City with a victory, but it was an uneventful and disappointing night at Anfield.
"We lost patience far too early and our passing game was not good," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side trail City by two points.
"We had 65 percent possession, but we have to do better. I didn't expect we would have 10 to 15 chances. Second half we had chances, but De Gea was finally warm and he made brilliant saves.
"They had that chance with Ibrahimovic. The best news tonight is we have one point more and a clean sheet, nothing else.
"We can do much better and we must do much better. We have to stay cool. When they want to chase us, we have to use counter-movements.
"Really good attitude of my side. They tried everything, only with the wrong tools."
Klopp dismissed suggestions his players had been affected by being saddled with the pre-match favourites tag.
"Maybe it is very important for the rest of the world what you all write, but for us it is not important," he said.
"We were not favourites in the dressing room. Tonight nobody thought about this.
"You could see Man United is physically stronger than we are. We couldn't get rid of the hectic (mindset) - that was the problem.
"When you have the ball you have to calm down immediately and that is what we didn't do."