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12 Jan 2017

'Not Good Enough': Angry Klopp offers 5 reasons for 'unbelievable' Liverpool fiasco at Southampton

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered a refreshingly honest assessment of last night's debacle at Southampton.

Liverpool were utterly abject at St. Mary's, and in his post-match interview, Klopp offered five reasons why the Reds lost the game:

* "We lost nearly everything after the goal".

* "Body language was not good enough anymore".

* "We weren’t compact enough throughout the game".

* "We lost so many easy balls it was unbelievable".

* "When there was absolutely no need to pass the ball through the middle, we tried it"

A few points:

* Loris Karius is the only player who came out of the game with any credit. But for his saves, the Reds would've (deservedly) lost by three or four goals.

* Emre Can had an absolute nightmare. Constantly gave the ball away (10 times overall); painfully slow in possession; repeatedly handing Southampton possession with inaccurate Hollywood balls, and stupid drag-backs.

* As I've argued many times, Can is a legend in his own mind, but he just doesn't have the skill or game intelligence to play the way he wants to play.

* At this point, I'd rather see Kevin Stewart in the team ahead of Can; Stewart does what Can refuses to do: he keeps it simple, retains possession, and plays within his ability.

* Overall, Liverpool gave the ball away 42 times; that's once every 2.1 minutes! Just think about that. As noted above, Can lost possession 10 times, but Lallana was the biggest culprit, and lost possession 11 times.

Klopp further added:

"It will be different at Anfield. Our crowd will push us. We’re not happy about the performance, but we know we can fix it".

I agree with this to an extent. Some fans are foaming at the mouth and engaging in the usual hysteria that follows a Liverpool defeat, but in the grand scheme of things (and in the context of the season so far), it's merely a minor blip; the proverbial 'bad day at the office'.

Yes, it's a disappointing result, but it's a two-legged tie, and given the club's goalscoring record this season, there is an extremely high probability that Liverpool will score one or more goals at Anfield.

The Man United game this weekend is far more important, and if Liverpool can get three points at Old Trafford, this defeat will be swiftly forgotten. That said, it's concerning to note that it's now three games without a win for Liverpool, and Man United have won 9 games in a row, and are unbeaten in the last 12 matches...


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