Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp: 'There was no belief in our eyes after we conceded'

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp (L) speaks to Southampton's Ryan Bertrand (R) after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp (L) speaks to Southampton's Ryan Bertrand (R) after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has stressed that his Liverpool players must start believing in themselves if they want to turn draw into wins.

The German registered his third draw on the bounce since taking over from Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and despite taking a late lead through Christian Benteke against Southampton at Anfield today, they conceded shortly afterwards.

But Klopp says there was still plenty of time to get the winner - if his players believed it could happen.

"I don't know if frustrating is the right word, but of course (we conceded at) our best moment because we were on a good way in this game," Klopp told Sky Sports after the match.

"We knew that it was very, very difficult (match). Southampton are strong in away games, so we knew it's hard work today, only three days after the last game.

"The guys tried but we didn't create enough chances at the end. We had our moments

"We played very good in many situations, but at the end of course you have to score to get the advantage in the game."

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Klopp does not believe they were better than the 98 per cent of their potential they reached in the draw with Rubin and pinpointed confidence as key.

"What I saw after the draw, maybe this is the problem," he said. "When they made their goal, they were all so disappointed, but it is football. You can receive goals. It's normal.

"After this, I think we had nine or 10 minutes to play so there is another chance, but there was no belief any more in the eyes.

"I told them there was no contact between the players in this moment, nobody was able to push, to say something positive in this moment."

While Liverpool were left ruing missed opportunities, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was pleased with the point.

"We showed great character, going 1-0 down," he said.

"We dug in and got a deserved point. If we keep working hard on the training ground we'll get the results and the points. You can look at the Premier League table."

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