Klopp invites his players to fight back despite the Leeds ‘setback’
Just as he himself predicted, Jurgen Klopp’s men had a tough time against Leeds United, ultimately losing 2-1 but he urged his players to continue fighting back.
Liverpool’s woes have no end it seems as the Reds suffer yet another disappointing result, this time against Leeds United. To make matters worse, this loss was a historical one since it was their first in the Premier League in 5 years in front of the home fans at Anfield.
The loss brings an end to van Dijk’s unbeaten home record (70 matches) and leaves Liverpool at 9th place in the league. The Reds are now closer to the bottom of the table than the top after 12 games. Klopp spoke to Sky after the game, conceding that his team is far away from their best form.
"It was a setback, absolutely,"
he told Sky Sports.
"I thought we had a really good start then conceded a freakish goal.
"We scored the equaliser but for some reason it didn't give us the security back. We struggled to control the game and gave too many balls away.
"The boys tried, we had good possession and had big chances but, in the end, if it is 1-1 and you defend the situation around the second goal like this, you leave everything open.
"In the end, it was two versus one in the box and they can finish off the situation. The problem is we cannot control this type of game at the moment."
Klopp pointed out the injury setbacks his players have suffered and singled it out as one of their biggest problems this season.
"Maybe some players are overplayed, Harvey [Elliott] has been exceptional for us this season," Klopp began.
"He had a good start but couldn't keep it going. Thiago has been ill, up front the same [players] play all the time - they are the three strikers we have left. We have to fight and that is what we must do.
"A team performance is always made up of individual performances. One leads to the other. You can watch this game completely, you cannot defend like we did for the second goal but we did, that's why we lost. Otherwise, it would have been a point and we go from there. Now we have nothing and it feels completely different.
"We have to bring our quality on to the pitch and we fight against it. We had problems from the first day, injury wise. Players have had to play from the first day. It's our situation and it means we have to help ourselves, and that is what we will do."
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