Klopp is unperturbed by largely barren run
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL 1 PREMIER LEAGUE
MANAGER Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will rediscover their ruthless touch after passing up a series of chances to see off Newcastle.
The Reds have now won only one of their last seven games in all competition and are seven points adrift of Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Manchester United.
However, Klopp, whose team are struggling to score as well as to keep clean sheets, said: “There are different ways to get one win in seven.
“You can play really badly and lose a lot of games, or you play in more than a few games really, really well – in most of the games, actually, we have been the better side, but a few chances have been enough for the opponent to score and we need a lot more and have at the end the same number of goals.
“That has happened too often, of course, in the last few weeks, but the only alternative for us is to carry on. We have to do it like this.
“If we would stop doing this, then I would be concerned. As long as we do it like this, I am not concerned.”
Liverpool took a 27th-minute lead at St James’ Park courtesy of Philippe Coutinho’s piledriver, only to see it cancelled out just nine minutes later by Joselu’s fortuitous strike.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, who had six years in charge at Anfield, was understandably more satisfied after a game which was watched by millionaire businesswoman Amanda Staveley at the end of a week which has been rife with talk of a takeover on Tyneside.
He said: “In this case, we got one point at home and I don’t like that, but still against a top side, I think it’s positive.”
The promoted Magpies have now taken 10 points from their first seven games and are ninth in the table