Joel Matip is shouldering the blame for Liverpool’s defensive collapse against Tottenham Hotspur, while the Reds’ manager is placing it on at least partially on Matip’s partner for the first half hour.
“Most teams at home with the stand in their back are always stronger,” Matip said after the 4-1 loss at Wembley Stadium.
[ RECAP: Spurs 4-1 Liverpool ]
“I am a defender and I should take care of this. We don’t think about the title race at the moment, we only try to get back in a good mood for next week.”
As for Klopp, he’s angry as expected following the shipping of four goals to Spurs. That verb works doubly here, as giveaways and mistakes were common place amongst the Reds’ backs and midfield.
Dejan Lovren had a rough day, subbing out after 31 minutes. The injured center back played a big part in Spurs first two goals, including leaping for and missing a Hugo Lloris long ball. From the BBC:
“If I am involved in this situation on the pitch, then Harry cannot get the ball.”
“We have to realize that we are responsible for this and nobody else. Of course we can fix it and we have to fix it as well.”
Klopp also detailed what went wrong with each of the four goals, then proffering that “the game was finished then.” Right.
There’s a lot to love about Klopp, who can be a tactical wizard. But he’s also struggled to convince players of their roles, and has shipped some very decent center back depth out-of-town. The latter is the reason Klopp used a less than fit Lovren on Sunday, and it burned them against a well-oiled Spurs side.