Jurgen Klopp has seen this one before.
The Liverpool manager watched as his Liverpool club again generated chance after chance but scored just once in a 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.
[ RECAP: Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool ]
The Reds went down on an early free kick, but equalized through Philippe Coutinho. For most of the match, a second Liverpool goal seemed inevitable.
It didn’t arrive, and Klopp is — relatively speaking — at a loss for words. From the BBC:
“To create all those chances and only score one goal feels average.
“What can I say? We created, created and created. Where is the real point for criticism? We tried with all we had. The effort was great. We have to be more clinical 100% for sure. The only way to change it is to do it again.”
Klopp is sometimes too dismissive after Liverpool draws or losses, but the Reds easily win 2-1 or 3-1 if Roberto Firmino is anywhere near his A-game (or even B-game) when it comes to finishing chances.
With Maribor next, Liverpool shouldn’t have much fear of the group stage. We’d hate to be Newcastle on Sunday at St. James Park.