Ten Hag’s comments about ‘no different’ Anfield haunt him after Liverpool defeat

Erik ten Hag's comments about Anfield being no different came back to haunt him after Liverpool battered Man United 7-0 at their fortress.

Anfield's known to be one of the most hostile grounds in the Premier League, but Ten Hag was unphased by the stadium's intense atmosphere going into the game. The nonchalant United boss insisted the Reds' stomping ground was just the same as any other stadium, while relishing the ensuing clash.

The Dutchman even claimed that his players were looking forward to playing at Anfield. He said to ESPN: "I'm looking forward to it, the ambience, the atmosphere," Ten Hag said. "It will be great, it will be hostile against us, but we like that.

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"For me it's no different. The pitch is the same size everywhere, there are three referees, there's a fourth [official], the ball is round, there is air in the ball, huh?

"So we have to play and to make it our game, and of course we know the ambience will not be supporting us and you have to deal with that. But, as I said, our players, they like it. They like to play in such atmospheres."

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But the Dutchman's arrogance came back to bite him when the Reds gave his side a rude awakening at Anfield. Treble doubles from Liverpool's rampant front three, Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, and Mo Salah, followed by Roberto Firminho's late strike completed Ten Hag's baptism of fire on Merseyside.

And the humbled United boss changed his tune after witnessing his side implode at Anfield. He struggled to find words to describe the defeat, but slammed United's performance as 'unprofessional' during his post-match interview.

Ten Hag fumed during his rant on Sky Sports: "We made the wrong decisions. That for me is unprofessional. I'm really disappointed and angry. We let our fans down. As a squad, as a team, you cannot allow this.

"You have to stick together and support each other and fight for each other. You have to defend. We didn't do that and for me that is really unprofessional."


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