Saturday 24 March 2018

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp calls on 'Anfield anger' to prevent slip-up against Tigers

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Chris Bascombe

Jurgen Klopp has called for a sense of Anfield ‘anger’ to reverse the perception Liverpool save their best form for the Premier League’s big guns.

While Klopp’s side have impressed against Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and champions Leicester this season, the defeat to Burnley is an anomaly.

There were similar slip-ups last season, following encouraging performances against stronger sides, and there remains a sense of distrust about what Klopp's side will achieve while such aberrations occur.

“We have to be angry against Hull because they want our points – that makes me angry so it’s easy for me,” said Klopp.

“So many people think we have a problem against bus parking. I cannot remember a lot of space against Chelsea or Tottenham. We have to find solutions. I think we all can improve – the team, coaches, manager and the crowd. If you create chances against Chelsea, it’s positive. If you miss, it’s still positive. If you miss a chance against Burnley, it’s negative. That’s what we have to learn.

“No football game is easy. Can we create a special atmosphere at 3pm at Anfield on Saturday? I would say yes. Two things are important: The crowd and the team. I would like to see everybody with the right attitude, and not be disappointed if we miss a chance after 10 minutes. It is not easier against Hull. Why should it be easier? I can 100 per cent guarantee it’s not about the attitude of the players. Let’s create an atmosphere where everybody is completely in the game.”

Most of Klopp’s pre-match press conference shifted the focus to the whole of Anfield, suggesting it was not just the Liverpool team but fans who needed to change their attitude to ensure there is no such thing as a ‘run-of-the-mill’ home fixture.

“The fact that I get asked this question two or three times shows that something is wrong with the expectations about the game like this,” said Klopp.

“It’s not about the name of the opponent. We are 100 per cent aware of the difficulties we can have in this game. Missing a chance is positive because it means you have a chance. That’s the most difficult thing in football.

“You can hear in the stadium. If you miss a chance in a big game, it’s like ‘go again’. If you miss a chance in another game, it’s like ‘oh my god. Not the same sh*t again’. Rubbish. If you miss a chance, you stay patient. You don’t lose your nerve and start shooting from 45 yards.

“I’m not saying Hull are a bus-parking team. You don’t win all these games five or six-nil. Neither do Real Madrid and Barcelona. We all have our role to play. There’s a positive mood in and around the club. It’s good.

“We didn’t score goals only out of counter attacks. We didn’t score against Arsenal only out of counter-attacks. They tried to defend against us too. It’s the same with Hull. It’s important everybody gives us the 90 to 95 minutes to win this game.”

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