You don’t lose a game and then lose your head–Klopp

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER - ANDY HUNTER

Jür­gen Klopp has said Liverpool’s play­ers would ques­tion his san­ity if he crit­i­cised them after two con­sec­u­tive de­feats and they can demon­strate at Brighton this af­ter­noon there is no inse­cu­rity in the An­field ranks.

The Pre­mier League lead­ers have suf­fered back-to-back de­feats for the first time this sea­son. Manch­ester City ended Liverpool’s un­beaten league cam­paign be­fore Wolves knocked them out of the FA Cup, al­though the man­ager in­sists there is no cause for alarm or in­quests into the difficult start to 2019.

Klopp said: “You don’t lose a game in the first part of the sea­son and then lose your head. That would be strange. That would be bad and in gen­eral not the right thing to do. This is a mo­ment where your team could sit in the dress­ing room and re­ally think: ‘Is he mad?’ be­cause it was not that bad.

“We talk about Man City and it was what, 11mm [pre­vent­ing them from tak­ing the lead]? Not a lot from get­ting a point and a bril­liant re­sult. Then we go to Wolves and I make the changes. That says more about me than the team, so let’s carry on. It’s a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion, it’s still very pos­i­tive.

“If you point the fin­ger then it be­comes even big­ger. There’s no rea­son for do­ing it. Noth­ing hap­pened, each team in the world can lose at Man City. We spoke about why, what we did, what hap­pened and what we could have done bet­ter, of course, but that’s how we do it al­ways.

No prob­lem

“It’s only peo­ple who are in­se­cure who would say we are go­ing in com­pletely the other di­rec­tion and have lost be­lief. We have to prove it [that is not the case] on the pitch again.”

Klopp has won only eight of his 26 matches in Jan­uary as Liverpool man­ager but in­sists there is no re­cur­ring prob­lem. “I don’t see a spe­cific rea­son for that,” he said. “So far we’ve lost one Pre­mier League game in Jan­uary and that was Manch­ester City away.

“That’s not a sign of a bad record in Jan­uary. It’s just a sign of a re­ally difficult game. I’ve never felt bad in Jan­uary. It’s just that De­cem­ber is a tough month to go through for all of us.” – Guardian

Liverpool’s Jür­gen Klopp: “It’s a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion, it’s still very pos­i­tive”

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