Monday 14 October 2019

'Who wants to be top at the beginning of March?' - Jurgen Klopp finds silver lining in Liverpool's title slip-up

Jurgen Klopp’s side have slipped behind Manchester City (Peter Byrne/PA)
Jurgen Klopp’s side have slipped behind Manchester City (Peter Byrne/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp attempted to put a positive spin on his side's fading title dreams as his side surrendered the Premier League's top spot after a disappointing 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

With both teams having just nine games left to play, defending champions City are now the firm favourites to hold on to their title, but Reds boss Klopp tried to offer up some hope after a slump in form that has seen his side win just two of their last six Premier League matches.

"Who wants to be top of the table at the beginning of March? It is nice but there are lots of games to play," stated Klopp. "I’m completely fine with chasing.

"I watched Match of the Day last night and saw the celebrations of Man City, they had 900 chances and scored one goal, a shot with the wrong foot. You have to be ready for these chances.

"I know how important it is for them and they appreciate how hard the boys fought. We fight together and in the end, we will see where it leads us."

Klopp went on to defend misfiring forward Mohamed Salah, as he suggested the gusty win at Goodison Park may have contributed to his side's stuttering display.

"The wind does not help and there was a lot today," he continued. "It was a game that was difficult to control and we had three or four really big chances with Mohamed Salah and Fabinho, I don't remember them having any chances. It is 0-0 and we kept our unbeaten run against them, not exactly what we wanted but it was a difficult game.

"Salah is doing everything right up until the last second, we had our moments and we have to fight the circumstances and the opposition, the boys did that. Our derbies are over and we play all the others now. It was not a genius game but we got a point against an opponent who is doubly motivated.

"We have to take the situation as it is. We talk about a free-flowing Liverpool side the other day and now we have Burnley at Anfield (next Sunday). Only 400 yards away from here, but a completely different game. We have to show stability and fight for the result.

"To be successful in football you have to be stable and we were the better side today. The wind does not help and there was a lot today. You have to be ready for the fight of the second ball. We had five or six big chances but Jordan Pickford or a defender was in between. I don't think they had a real chance. Not perfect but good enough, getting a point from Everton is always a success because it is our most difficult away game of the season.

"You need stability but it was a difficult game. I did not want to throw Naby Keita in to deal with these difficult circumstances. We brought Adam Lallana in but all the football plans, throw them in the bin because you have to be ready for the long balls and the second balls. We defended the set-pieces well, we caused them a few problems but unfortunately, we did not finish them off."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also attempted to put a positive gloss on Liverpool's latest setback, as he insisted they were still firmly in the title race.

"Obviously we are disappointed because we wanted to come here and get three points, but we knew it would be tough and frantic," He told Sky Sports. "I felt we created enough chances to win. We defended well but of course, we are disappointed because want to win every game. We just need to be a bit more clinical.

"Manchester United away and Everton away are tough games, you are not going to win 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 every week.

"We have to take the positives and keep going. We are still in the race. There is a lot of football to be played, a long way to go. I have got a lot of belief in this team."

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