Klopp explains why Liverpool could not win at West Ham. PHOTO CREDIT: Evening Standard
Klopp explains why Liverpool could not win at West Ham. PHOTO CREDIT: Evening Standard

Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp has reflected on his side’s one-one draw with West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night.

Klopp explain how injury challenges had affected Liverpool’s preparations but accepted the performance could have been better nevertheless.

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Concise News reported that the visitors had taken the lead through Senegalese Sadio Mane but saw the opener quickly cancelled out by Michail Antonio, meaning their advantage at the summit is now three.

“They scored a goal, we scored an offside goal. But that’s actually the only reason why he could think that – and a couple of other set-pieces where they were really strong. They had a moment when we lost the ball and they could win it with a deep formation, but that’s normal. We had a lot of situations with passing through balls and our full-backs, especially Robbo in the first half, where we didn’t find the free player. And on the other side, similar, we didn’t find it. It was difficult again, creating against so many legs, honestly. Because of our situation, yesterday night we trained and after the session,n we had to change three positions, that’s of course not perfect. And you saw that around the set-pieces, especially with the organisation. That’s where we struggled a bit. It’s a game where if Divock scores the late goal it would be of course a lucky moment. But the point is absolutely deserved.”

On the significance of the result…

It’s very important. We had a difficult situation. It’s a long season. In general, we lost one game in the whole season, so the team are doing well. We have a tough situation at the moment. I don’t know where the injuries or illnesses are coming from. Millie was ill and maybe is still ill, I’m not sure; Virg had three or four days where he was out and lost four kilos. Obviously, that doesn’t help. You have difficult situations; the centre-half position, the right full-back, that’s all difficult at the moment. But the boys still fight. Could we have played better even in that situation? 100 per cent, that’s what we expect from ourselves. But the games are difficult and we have to accept the quality of the opponent and then use the weaknesses they have. We did that in a lot of situations pretty well, but they reacted with the 4-5-1 with Snodgrass in the half-space, a more defensive formation.