Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken critically of his Manchester United counterpart's comments before yesterday's match.
David Moyes stated ahead of the contest that Liverpool came into the game as favourites due to their higher league position and winning run, a 'tactic' which Rodgers said after the contest that he disagreed with on a point of principle.
Re Moyes's pre-match suggestion that his team were underdogs, Rodgers says "I'd never say that at #LFC even if we were bottom of the league"— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) March 16, 2014
It's more than fair to argue Rodgers has a point, because every side should aim to make their home ground a fortress no matter their league position.
This means, particularly at the top of the table - considering yourselves favourites to go and win.
Moyes' comments were no doubt designed to take the pressure off of his players, but in turn it could have provided them with even more worry, and sapped them of the confidence they used to exude.
In turn, he would have been hoping to lure Liverpool into a state of over-confidence, instead he signalled to the away side that United were there for the taking.
Sir Alex Ferguson was a master of mind games, but Moyes clearly on this evidence has much to learn.