Liverpool boss believes the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is affecting the over-all quality of the team.
may have to make do withoutMohamed Salah
for a few more weeks, as the players are currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which is scheduled to conclude on February 6.
Liverpool snatched an easy win in the FA Cup match against League One side Shrewsbury, however, the effect of Salah and Mane’s absence was clear in Thursday’s Premier League clash against the Gunners, as the Reds had only one shot on target against the 10-menArsenal
and finally settled for a 0-0 draw.
Quizzed on his side’s performance without the dynamic duo, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said:
"The only way we can avoid these kind of questions is by scoring.
"The situation is clear: they are not here and they are world-class players. Do we miss them? Yes, but it's not about who is not here, but about how we can do better.
"The start was really good, we caused Arsenal a lot of problems, we pressed the right spaces, we created enough and then the red card happened. You have to break down a really low block, and that's the most difficult thing. We couldn't do that last night.
"We were not good enough in moments, but we can do better and that's what we will do."
"There's absolutely nothing bad to say about Sadio and Mo.
"Outstanding players. Naby I would say is one of the best midfielders I ever saw. But they are not here.
"Last night we didn't miss speed - that was not our problem. They were so deep, where do we want to run? Over the touchline, into the stands? There was no space.
"There are so many things we can do - counter-pressing, winning the ball back - that's not about pace. We have to play against deep formations, in between the lines.
"Quick thinking is much more important than quick running. Yes, Mo, Sadio and Naby can think quick but they are not here.
"It was crystal clear that we would sit here today after we draw 0-0 against 10 men and the only thing you would have in your mind is Sadio and Mo. But that's not a solution, it's only part of a problem. We are here to find solutions.
"Last night we were not perfect but maybe we are closer to our usual standard in the next game and we can win. We have to get through different periods in a season. This is our period now - let's get through this together."
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