Liverpool 2-2 Brighton: Jürgen Klopp’s reaction

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Jürgen Klopp regretted Liverpool’s failure to build on a two-goal lead as Brighton & Hove Albion came back from behind to win a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Saturday.

A brilliant early strike from Jordan Henderson was complemented by a header from Sadio Mane as the Reds led 2-0 halfway through the first half.

However, Brighton halved their pre-halftime deficit thanks to Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard equalized midway through the second period in a hotly contested game which featured several excellent saves from Alisson Becker.

Read on for a transcript of Klopp’s post-match press conference, in which he confirmed that Naby Keita was forced out of the first half due to a hamstring injury …

On the result and the performance of Liverpool …

I can’t change it now [but] it looks like a loss even though I know it is not a loss. This is a deserved point for Brighton, obviously, for a number of reasons. It’s useless because in our good times we were really good, we showed how you played against Brighton but then, as we don’t play enough football anymore, we opened the door for them. The best way to defend Brighton is to have the ball yourself and that’s what we haven’t done long enough. That’s why we scored both goals, which were incredible, especially the two goals that were disallowed were incredible. Sadio’s second goal was my favorite goal of six years at Liverpool because of the way we put them under pressure there; it was just insane and unlucky with handball. Then they scored their goal – I don’t know if it was a cross or not, but it doesn’t matter because the ball was in it – and we didn’t play enough football anymore, not good football. In our good times, we attacked the center of Brighton, that’s where it has to be done and then we didn’t do it again. We’ve slowed down the game at bad times, we haven’t shown enough initiative at other times, and it’s just not enough. I think after Mo’s goal in the second half, which was denied, I don’t remember much [of chances] – maybe in the last four or five minutes we were a little more in the spotlight again, but other than that we just tried to calm things down when we had the ball and defended them when they had the ball. They scored a wonderful second goal and that’s why they deserve a point.

On how Liverpool need to improve defensively …

There are different things, it is not always the same thing. I know now when it comes to defense now and everyone in football will say that is why I am a fairly well paid coach, but I am not arguing at that level. It’s not just the last row, it’s not just a middle half, it’s a common thing. Today we were no longer defending half spaces properly and that was our problem. With the way Brighton plays – I think I’ve heard the word ‘adventurous’ a few times today and it’s probably the right thing to say because they’re pretty [much] on the forefoot in these moments – if you don’t defend the half spaces well, the last row has to drop a bit, which doesn’t make sense because they’re playing between the rows and all that stuff. Suddenly it is no longer to defend and it is like that. I now know that I am talking about Brighton and because the world is a bit strange people still don’t respect the quality they have. They might not win 35 games a season, but 38 times they give each team a decent game, sure, because the things they do and the talent they have is really good. Again, that’s their quality and our quality should have been today – and the best way to defend them would have been to have the ball and do some smart or smart stuff. That’s what we haven’t done enough and that’s why we opened the door for them to come back into the game and we paid the price, that’s how it is.

Why he felt that Liverpool “opened the door to Brighton” …

It is now a bit quick after the game to say anything immediately, [but] I think it’s not good to know how good Brighton is and then score two goals that were disallowed. I haven’t seen it again, but I think it was probably close. The way Sadio celebrated – he knows a handball will be a disallowed goal so I don’t think he had in mind that it could be disallowed. Mo’s goal was an amazing game, wow, so [we] do not understand. We have a lot more games than Brighton and all that stuff. They also played during the week, of course, but we all had a lot of changes. I could see that in the second half I wasn’t very happy with some of the body language of some and that obviously never helps, but you can go through those stretches in a game – but not against Brighton because they were there to get a result. , they have a result, they deserve it and that’s it.

On the display of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his passage to the left of the midfielder in the second half …

We changed our system in the second half at a specific time. We could no longer defend the width, obviously we tried to solve this problem by going to a 4-4-2, that is to say with Oxlade passing on the left wing and Sadio on the right. Apart from that, he scored the second goal, that of Sadio, from a nice cross and that’s it. And then he was part of the peloton playing more or less “yes or no”. They can all play better football like Ox can play better football, but either way it’s good. He played about 70 minutes and that’s good for him. He had 90 in the week and 70 today, now let’s see how he can recover and what we can do with that on Wednesday.

On Graham Potter’s abilities as a trainer …

It has everything you need, it definitely has everything you need. I don’t know Graham very well now, I think what I can say is he’s an absolutely nice guy and then what I can say is his team reflects his abilities and that’s really good. He obviously has a clear idea of ​​football and he does a brilliant job. I don’t want to talk about the Brighton coach to other clubs but I think he shouldn’t be worried about his future. But again I don’t want to take anything away from Brighton, I respect what they did very much but today was the day we could have given them a good shot and we didn’t. I don’t like a home draw at all, but I’m not that guy who says you can’t draw Brighton – no, no, no. But my disappointment is because I know today was the day we could have given them a voucher, and we didn’t. It’s frustration. Then we maybe talk differently but it doesn’t say anything bad about Graham Potter because the way they play is really good, but against us it shouldn’t have been enough today – but this was because of us.

What was his exchange with Virgil van Dijk about in the second half?

I don’t 100% know, we have conversations quite often. So there’s never an explanation, you can’t now make a massive story out of it because I said before that we don’t defend half spaces properly. This is the problem. When the guy on the ball is not under pressure you can’t have a last high line, so the last line falls at that point and all of a sudden we put pressure on it and then they have to push again. So that sort of thing, we have clear rules, clear times for when we do what. It is not easy. Now i know it [what the exchange was about], it was the one where March was pretty much the only player up front for Brighton and Virgil was too far away. At that point it was about that, but yes, a normal conversation between coach and player.

About Keita’s injury …

He showed me the hamstrings and how people told me is the hamstrings. I can not say more.


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