Klopp is un­per­turbed by largely bar­ren run

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -


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

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