Klopp: ‘We weren’t as good as we could be’ in Napoli

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Jurgen Klopp tried to keep his frustration under wraps after Liverpool’s late concession allowed Napoli a deserved 1-0 win in Italy on Wednesday.

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The Reds failed to manage a shot on target, and fell behind Napoli to join PSG on three points ahead of two matches with Red Star Belgrade.

It’s all about perspective.

“It was an interesting looking group before we started and it’s still interesting now,” Klopp said. “We want to play better than we did tonight, but even if we don’t play brilliantly, we want a result. Tonight we weren’t as good as we could be.”

As to why they lost, Klopp said the Reds made the same mistake twice when it came to Lorenzo Insigne’s 90th minute winner.

The manager referenced a similar goal the club allowed this season, though we just watched all eight goals they’ve conceded this season and couldn’t find one.

“Sometimes Bobby [Firmino] ran too long with the ball, or Sadio [Mane] ran too long,” Klopp said. “When that happens, you cannot produce. The midfielders or the full-backs tried to go forward, but we lost the ball and had to go back in the other direction. … It was intense, but we caused the intensity of the game ourselves.”

The Reds are now winless in three matches across all competitions heading into Sunday’s visit from Manchester City.