Klopp Regrets Liverpool Missed Chances In Damaging Defeat To Crystal Palace

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Jurgen Klopp expressed feeling extremely disappointed after Liverpool’s hopes of winning the Premier League title were severely damaged by a surprising 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Eberechi Eze’s goal in the 14th minute secured a memorable victory for the Eagles, easing their relegation concerns.

This defeat marked Liverpool’s second consecutive loss at home, following their 3-0 defeat by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday.

Speaking to Sky Sports in a post-match interview, Klopp said, “I feel really, really rubbish.”

“It’s the second home game in a row that we’ve lost. We’re not used to that; we have to see how we react. We have to work, and we will do that, but I cannot now stand here and say: ‘Now that’s the starting point for us for the rest of the season’.

“It doesn’t feel like that at this moment, but maybe it will feel like that tomorrow.”

Klopp discussed in more detail the events of the match and expressed frustration over his team’s ongoing struggle to score in the final third.

“To concede that goal was a horrible goal to concede with a completely free player in the area,” he explained.

“That cannot happen, but it happens. Andy Robertson gets the other ball, so it’s like scoring a goal if you don’t concede from that. Crystal Palace didn’t have many more [chances, and we controlled it better.

“The game in the second half was much better, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] coming on and in the moment the structure changed. We caused problems and we had big, big chances. If we stand here and win the game 4-1 we could have seen the same game with a completely different result. But we didn’t so we have to take that.”

Liverpool’s manager thinks that the team may have been affected by their loss on Thursday, causing them to not play their usual pressing game today.

Asked about a potential hangover, he replied: “Could be. If you would look to my teams over the years, I think you could say our pressing is usually good.

“Counter-press is there. The first half we were open like ‘how can that happen?’ Curtis [Jones] was the only one really chasing, really getting out and from time to time broke their rhythm.

“Was this a hangover? Yes. That’s how humans react sometimes. It’s not great but it happens. The conviction wasn’t there. We were much too far apart from each other.

“Last line too deep, the midfield wasn’t really there, first line didn’t start the press. So that’s all true.”

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.