By Amir Mir
Aitor Karanka believes the difference between Liverpool and other Premier League clubs is that Jurgen Klopp’s side don’t allow you to compete.
The Spaniard recently left his post at Middlesbrough and suffered one defeat against the Reds whilst he was in charge of the now relegated club.
Karanka guided Boro to the Premier League last season but they struggled upon their return to the top tier, particularly, in scoring goals.
They suffered another defeat against the Reds, who secured a 3-0 win against the north east side on the last day of the season. They won by the same scoreline during the reverse fixture in December.
Speaking on Goals on Sunday, which aired on Sky Sports 1, Karanka spoke about Liverpool and the difficulties he had in facing them this season compared to other clubs in the league.
“When we played against Liverpool they were one of the better teams we played against,” Karanka told Goals on Sunday. “The only two games where we [Middlesbrough] couldn’t compete. They were much better than us.
“The rest of the games at least we could compete against everybody, but Liverpool beat us and they were much better than us.”
Since Klopp arrived at Anfield, he has implemented a fast pressing style on the Merseyside club which has resulted in them finishing in the top four this term.
Liverpool suffered a number of defeats against the so-called lesser sides throughout the season, with Crystal Palace, Hull, Swansea and Bournemouth all beating Klopp’s team.
However, they also recorded a number of memorable wins away at Chelsea, beating Everton on two occasions and doing the double over Arsenal.
Over the course of the season, they scored 78 goals during their matches which resulted in them winning 22 encounters, drawing ten games and losing six fixtures.
In other Liverpool news, this is what Craig Bellamy said about Jurgen Klopp prior to them securing Champions League football.