Jurgen Klopp tried to deflect scrutiny away from his misfiring Liverpool assault by insisting he was guilty for the champions’ shock defeat to Burnley.
The Clarets had been the one visiting facet to take factors off Liverpool throughout final season’s title-winning marketing campaign and went one higher on Thursday as Ashley Barnes’ penalty ended the Reds’ 68-game unbeaten league run at Anfield.
Liverpool’s first house league defeat since April 2017 was made all of the extra alarming by their failure to attain in 4 consecutive Premier League video games for the primary time in 21 years, with seven hours and 18 minutes passing since they final discovered the online.
Klopp took full accountability for the defeat, which prolonged Liverpool’s winless run to 5 video games, highlighting his failure to offer his gamers the instruments they wanted to beat a cussed Burnley outfit.
“The sport was unattainable to lose, however we did,” Klopp informed Sky Sports activities. “That is my fault as a result of it is my job to verify the boys have the proper emotions, the correct amount of confidence and make the proper selections.
“That clearly did not work out as a result of we had the ball so much, created some conditions that had been OK, however within the remaining second or decision-making will not be proper in the mean time, and that is the issue.
“You have got the ball in the proper place however then you do not shoot, you go. I am fairly positive I stated the identical factor final week.
“When you have got the issue of one thing not working it’s important to attempt more durable, longer and extra typically and make higher selections. It is clearly did not work out tonight and we’ve to confess that, there’s nothing else to say about it.”
Klopp added: “It is at all times my fault, the issues that do not work are my fault, the issues that do work are right down to the gamers. Credit score to the gamers as a result of it is what they make of it.
“We’ve labored so lengthy collectively now that if I clarify which actions make sense and can harm the opponent and we do not do them, then I’ve to make it clearer. That is how it’s.”
Liverpool have taken simply three factors from a attainable 15 and sit fourth within the desk, six factors behind Premier League leaders Manchester United forward of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Outdated Trafford.
Discovering options to Liverpool’s attacking issues, although, is now high of the agenda for Klopp.
“I by no means considered us a free-scoring facet or unit, I at all times knew we needed to work actually arduous and do a variety of issues proper to get into these positions,” Klopp stated.
“You have got moments the place a participant takes one contact and the following one is within the high nook, however that is not occurring in the mean time. It is not the primary time it has occurred in soccer, it will not be the final time.
“The nice factor is we are able to change it; we simply should work on it. We can not work on it tonight; we simply can use it for the following one.
“We’re not feeling assured in these moments, that is one thing we’ve to work on. It is not that we’re not creating possibilities as a result of the gamers do not have the flexibility to take action, it is as a result of our decision-making is the issue.
“The distinction between a superb soccer participant and an excellent footballer is decision-making, the proper selection in the proper second. It is not rocket science.
“We had a variety of good moments with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] within the second half the place he was in the proper place and tried to go the ball inside, however then we weren’t in the proper second. That is a sense for the boys they have not received in the mean time.”
Dyche salutes Burnley need
Clarets boss Sean Dyche thought Burnley’s first Anfield victory because the heroics of Ian Brennan in 1974 was simply reward for a workforce efficiency of the best order.
“I feel we did the fundamentals very nicely,” he informed Sky Sports activities after Burnley moved seven factors away from the relegation zone.
“Construction of the facet, form of the facet, particular person diligence. Gamers doing their jobs once they needed to. We nonetheless wanted a little bit of luck; Nick Pope has made a superb save to his left within the second half.
“You might be by no means snug, however I’ve been within the recreation a very long time and you may see the patterns of a recreation generally. The one fear was if a block landed to considered one of their gamers or one thing goes towards you. It did not really feel like that sort of a recreation towards a high facet.
“It was the desire and need from the defenders and the goalkeeper to maintain a clear sheet and the work fee of the 2 forwards as nicely. You can not simply defend from the again 4, it’s important to defend from the entire facet, and I feel everybody did that nicely.”
Dyche, Klopp downplay half-time altercation
Dyche was concerned in an altercation with Klopp because the groups headed down the tunnel at half-time, however each managers had been eager to attract a line below the spat.
“You realize once we come to those locations, we’re allowed to truly struggle, we’re allowed to attempt to win,” Dyche added. “That’s all it was.
“A few issues received stated however nothing out of the conventional. It’s simply two managers preventing for his or her groups, eager to win a recreation. There’s nothing mistaken with that.”
Klopp stated: “If he is not speaking about it, I will not discuss it. I did not begin it but it surely’s nothing, all good.”