Klopp names two key areas in which Liverpool were ‘not good’
Jurgen Klopp has explained two specific areas in which Liverpool were “not good” against West Ham.
The Reds recovered from a goal down to continue their record-breaking run atop the Premier League table, maintaining a 22-point lead and 18-game winning run.
But they had to work for the victory at Anfield, taking an early lead through Georginio Wijnaldum before Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals put West Ham in a surprising ascendancy.
Liverpool’s blushes were spared by goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, a mistake from Lukasz Fabianski and a fine substitute performance from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But Klopp was far from impressed with their overall display, citing two common issues that plagued them throughout.
“I liked the start of the game,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “Good goal, kind of cheeky, a bit quicker in mind – everybody expected the ball was out and then Trent changed the situation.
“Yes, everybody will speak about it: probably Fabianski saved balls like this in his career, I’m pretty sure.
“But the story of the game was a little bit, from that moment on, West Ham knew always there were one or two proper ways to stay in the game. That was second balls and set-pieces. Both were not good from us tonight.
“Second-ball game was not good. Losing the first ball is possible because Antonio, Haller, whoever is there is just too good and you cannot win all the balls. But then the second ball, we have to pick up better.
“The formation was not good, we showed the boys at half-time, it just makes no sense there. And the set-pieces obviously; they were really good from them, we were not that clear in these situations and that’s how they scored the goal.
“So they got a little bit of momentum, or maybe they got the momentum. We were still in charge, had the ball, we had finishes – unfortunately, not all of them on target. But we had finishes, so goal-kick and again second ball, fighting for these balls.
“It’s difficult to reach the boys in these moments, to be honest, to change it. That was the first half.
“We tried to change in half-time then, give different information. We showed them two very good football situations where we were in and around the box and did exactly what we have to do.
“It’s like playing easy, simple, quick. Change position, come between the lines, pass there and go in behind. We had these moments but then they scored the second goal, which I didn’t see back.
“I don’t know exactly how it happened. One free player at least in the box doesn’t help.
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