Klopp wants end to early ex­its af­ter Liver­pool loss

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LIVER­POOL: Jur­gen Klopp ad­mit­ted it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of his Liver­pool play­ers to keep An­field sup­port­ers glued to their seats af­ter tast­ing de­feat for the first time as man­ager of the Pre­mier League club in a 2-1 loss to Crys­tal Palace on Sun­day. A late goal from life­long Liver­pool fan Scott Dann gave Palace a win at An­field for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son in front of the watch­ing Steven Ger­rard, whose Liver­pool farewell ended in a de­feat by the same op­po­nents in May.

Dann’s headed win­ner eight min­utes from time also had Liver­pool sup­port­ers head­ing for the ex­its “Af­ter 82 min­utes I saw so many peo­ple leave the sta­dium, I felt pretty alone at that mo­ment,” said Klopp.

“We de­cide when it is over. Be­tween 82 and 94 min­utes, you can score eight goals if you want but you have to work for it,” added the Ger­man man­ager, who had pre­vi­ously presided over a six-game un­beaten run made up of three straight draws and three suc­ces­sive wins af­ter re­plac­ing the sacked Bren­dan Rodgers on Mersey­side.

“I’m not dis­ap­pointed with the fans,” in­sisted Klopp. “We have to learn that we are re­spon­si­ble and with 82 min­utes gone, no­body can leave the sta­dium. A minute be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle, any­thing can hap­pen and that is what we have to show the fans. We didn’t.”

Sakho set­back

Klopp said fa­tigue played a part in the de­feat, af­ter Liver­pool played in the Europa League at Ru­bin Kazan on Thurs­day and ar­rived back in England at 3:30am lo­cal time (0330 GMT) on Fri­day.

But he re­fused to use the travel itin­er­ary as an ex­cuse. “We have to learn that it is we who de­cide. We de­cide how good we are, how awake we are, how tired we are, no­body else,” said Klopp. “To­day we needed a few min­utes (to start) and by then it was too late. We did many, many good things on the day but not enough. Any­body who thinks we gave every­thing we had tonight is wrong.

“Of course we could do more, maybe not in terms of run­ning, but by be­ing more awake from the be­gin­ning. Be­lieve me, we have to learn this,” added Klopp, who won back-to-back Bun­desliga ti­tles when in charge of former club Borus­sia Dort­mund in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

To make mat­ters worse for Klopp, Liver­pool de­fender Ma­madou Sakho limped out of An­field on crutches af­ter twist­ing his knee badly in an awk­ward fall dur­ing the first half.

“That was the worst thing about tonight,” Klopp said. “I would rather have lost 4-1 and keep him in the team but we will have to wait and see. Let’s hope it’s not too se­ri­ous.”

Liver­pool’s slow slow start saw Yan­nick Bo­lasie shoot Palace in front be­fore Philippe Coutinho equalised just be­fore half-time. But it was Palace who emerged tri­umphant, with man­ager Alan Pardew mas­ter­mind­ing an Ea­gles’ vic­tory at An­field for the sec­ond time in six months that was sealed by Liver­pool fa­natic Dann.

“He had about 15 fam­ily mem­bers here to­day, he was ask­ing for tick­ets off ev­ery­body,” said Pardew of Dann. “The goal summed him up. You could see he was go­ing to win that ball, no­body was go­ing to stop him. “I re­ally think he has been un­der-es­ti­mated through­out his ca­reer. I wouldn’t have said that un­til I man­aged him but now I have, I un­der­stand how good he is. “But the prob­lem with this whole team is it doesn’t trust how good it could be,” added Pardew, whose eighth-placed side are now two points ahead of Liver­pool. —AFP

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