Mourinho & Klopp praise ref Anthony Taylor after Liverpool-Man Utd stalemate

The appointment of the match official raised a few eyebrows ahead of the clash at Anfield but both managers felt he put in a good performance in a pressure game

Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho praised the performance of referee Anthony Taylor following Monday's dour goalless draw between Liverpool and Manchester United.

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The appointment of official Taylor for the Anfield clash between the two fierce rivals drew a backlash from Liverpool supporters due to the fact he is from the Manchester area.

United manager Mourinho himself expressed concern in the pre-match build-up when he said: "I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance."

However, Taylor had an assured evening in the middle and Mourinho felt the referee handled the pressure of the match well.

"Can I speak about the referee without being punished?" He told a post-match news conference.

"He had a good game and I am happy for him because people with responsibilities put a lot of pressure on him. It would be difficult for him to have a good performance, which he had."

Liverpool boss Klopp added that little talk about Taylor's performance after the game can only mean he put in a good performance.

"Nobody is asking about the referee so maybe that's the biggest compliment to him," he said. "I can't remember any harsh situations."