Jurgen Klopp is not a happy man.
Following their 4-3 win at Arsenal on the opening day there was plenty of talk about Liverpool perhaps being more than a dark horse to challenge for the Premier League title.
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However, defensive mistakes cropped up at Turf Moor to allow Burnley to score twice and grab their first league win against Liverpool since 1974.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game the Liverpool boss wasn’t happy with the result and bemoaned his side making such a slow start after giving the ball away in a bad position in the second minute and allowing Sam Vokes to slam home the opener.
“How can I be happy with this?” Klopp said. “When we gave away the first goal they defended for their lives. Both of their strikers Andre Gray and Sam Vokes are really hard workers. We had absolutely no luck and everybody needs to be more clinical. We have to accept it. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance. We have to say it was not enough today.”
In another interview following the game, this one with BBC’s Match of the Day, Klopp stated that his side still need plenty of work and fine tuning.
“Our decision making was not good. We’d put in a good cross but there were no bodies in the box and then when we had bodies in the box we ended up shooting,” Klopp said. “The season is still pretty young. It doesn’t look like we are 100% fine tuned. But it’s only the start of the season and I can see a lot of good things. The lesson here is don’t give the ball away like we did twice today. We will work on it 100%. We need to have a plan for deep defending teams. We have a few things to do – that is clear.”
Liverpool dominated possession with 81 percent of the ball and they had 26 shots compared to Burnley’s five. However, just five of those 26 attempts for Liverpool were on target and although Burnley allowed them to have plenty of the ball, it was very rare that Liverpool got in-behind the Clarets as Klopp’s side could often be seen passing the ball sideways 30-yards out.
Sadio Mane missing this game with a shoulder injury was a big blow for Liverpool and even though they had Daniel Sturridge up top, the worrying thing for Klopp was that the Reds simply ran out of ideas and were mostly reduced to long-range efforts which Tom Heaton saved superbly when needed.
The past week has summed up the past 10 months for Liverpool under Klopp. It seems like one step forward and one step back too often as his team continues to adapt to his high-pressing tactics. A bigger concern for Klopp is that once again his side left the back door open as they’ve conceded five goals in their first two games of the PL season. Their defensive record must improve if they have any hopes of finishing in the top four.