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Moyes hits back at Klopp criticism, compares Sunderland to Liverpool

By Emma Sanders

David Moyes has responded to Jurgen Klopp’s claim that his side were “the most defensive team” he’d ever seen by claiming it was not his job to entertain the Liverpool crowd.

The former Everton boss was in the opposite dugout to Klopp during his side’s 2-0 defeat against Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool had 27 shots on goal and 77 per cent possession against the Black Cats, who set up very defensively in an attempt to deny the Reds from scoring.

Moyes has hit back at what he took as criticism by claiming he does not yet have a team capable of having a go at Liverpool and he was only carrying out a strategy used by a number of big clubs in modern football.

“Maybe if I was a foreign coach I would have been praised for that,” said Moyes, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “We don’t have the same quality as Liverpool. I knew we had to come here and defend. I hope soon I can come with a team that can give Liverpool an open game.

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“It’s a big part of modern football now as well, it can’t always be one-way. I was at the Euros all summer and saw a tournament like that. My job was not to come here and entertain the Anfield crowd, my job was to come here and get a result for Sunderland.”

Liverpool have had to overcome a number of teams who have set up heavily manned back lines and were unable to break down Southampton and Manchester United when they carried out the strategy in recent weeks.

However, the Reds were able to record a comfortable victory on Saturday and maintain their position in second place, just a point off the top of the Premier League table.

Sunderland are at the opposite end of the table, struggling at the bottom of the relegation zone as they currently sit in last place after picking up just two victories in the league all season.

Moyes has visited Anfield on a total 14 occasions with Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland but is yet to oversee a side who have won there.

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