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Tuesday 14 August 2018

'You need to be angry with yourself' - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp fuming after Arsenal thriller

Mo Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal in front of a disappointed Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech during the Premier League clash at The Emirates. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Mo Salah celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal in front of a disappointed Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech during the Premier League clash at The Emirates. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he was angry after his side surrendered a 2-0 lead and needed a Roberto Firmino goal to salvage a 3-3 draw against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool appeared to be in control of the game as they stormed into a first half lead with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah, but Arsenal scored three goals in five crazy second half minutes to storm back into the game.

Firmino's 71st minute goal secured a point for Liverpool, but Klopp struggled to find words to explain the 'crazy' burst of action that saw his leaky defence concede three goals.

"You see what happens and you want to have influence, but in these moments you cannot get through to them," said Klopp as he summed up his side's latest defensive meltdown.

"You need to be angry with yourself, not sad or insecure. The first goal is why you should avoid crosses and of course when the ball is in the box it is at least 50-50...misjudgement obviously. There was misjudgement around the second goal. Third one, misjudgement – too deep, no offside, we let them go in the box and make it too easy.

"As individual players, we need to react differently in situations like this. You need to be much angrier than sad or disappointed. So we gave them a chance, we opened the door for them in these five minutes and they, with all respect, took the chances.

"And then in this strange game, everybody probably thought first, ‘this is Liverpool’s night’ and then after these five minutes everybody thought ’now it’s Arsenal’s night’.

"Then we struck back and it’s point; usually if you go to Arsenal and get a point it is absolutely OK, we are not crazy that we cannot see that, but tonight it is different.”

Klopp's frustartion was evident as he summed up his side's performance, with the German suggesting his side would have been the worthy winners in a thrilling game.

"The pure result is really disappointing, but a draw at Arsenal is still a good result. People will say we conceded three and that is their defence again. We know that," he added.

"Everyone in this room thinks if there would have been a winner tonight, it should have been Liverpool. Now we have point, so OK, that’s it.

"The point is the minimum we deserve. Because of the intensity of the game it was not easy to create clearer chances. When you get a point at Arsenal it is usually OK, but after this give me a few minutes to get there.

"Three goals at Arsenal should be enough. We defended most of the time pretty well. We did not give space away. After they score the first and the second, it is not easy but we need to deal with these situations better.

"The result is not what we wanted, but the performance for 89 minutes was what we wanted."

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