Jurgen Klopp revealed he was ‘outraged’ on Saturday after Liverpool threw up two valuable points against Newcastle.
The Liverpool boss was far from happy after the game but kept a cover on his disappointment. Mohamed Salah’s goal from their first shot on target was a class of its own as he succeeded where Robbie Fowler and Luis Suarez failed to score 20 Premier League goals in one season for the third time. But despite dominating possession, the Reds failed in a dramatic final.
Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock snatch a draw 1-1 at Anfield with a goal in added time. An extra minute was added for a VAR decision that ruled out a Callum Wilson goal in the stoppage time and Willock, on loan from Arsenal, took full advantage of it.
Klopp said it was “really hard to take” immediately after the game. But it’s only now that the German coach has revealed his deep thoughts after seeing their Champions League qualifying hopes take a hit.
Klopp said LFC TV: “I was really outraged after the game. Just because “Why? Why would you do that? ‘.
“We all want to go play in the Champions League next year, but why should you with this football?
“We talked a lot last week about how you have to deserve to go and play there. And Saturday, that just wasn’t enough.
“We still have five games and we’ll see what we can do with them.
“I’ll find a way to get back to the optimism, that will happen for sure because I’ve known myself long enough.”
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Klopp admitted his team struggled with the so-called ‘low block’ at Anfield.
The champions have only scored four goals in 10 games at Anfield this calendar year, despite 162 shots on goal.
Klopp added: “In terms of football in the first half, there was mostly a lot of good stuff there. Against deep defense camps, we all know we have struggled to create opportunities. But now we have created opportunities and are not using them.
“It doesn’t make life much easier, but it’s the right information because we know how to have chances, so keep doing it. You have to force yourself to stay positive.
“In our situation, when you’re not using your chances, you think ‘oh my God, again’ because it’s happened too often this year. That’s probably how boys feel at times like these and they can’t just keep their level and walk away.
“We created enough to win the game and close it early.”
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