Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he is unable to explain how the Reds twice let the lead slip against relegation candidates Sunderland.
After beating rivals Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, Liverpool missed the chance to narrow the gap to leaders Chelsea to just three points as they were held to a 2-2 draw against the Black Cats.
“I am not able to explain it because I don’t know exactly what I saw, my team were fighting but I wasn’t sure if they could do it.” Klopp told BBC Sport.
“We can play better football but I’m not sure if you can play better with that break. I don’t know how it feels when you have to do the things you have to do today.
“I told the players if nobody wanted to play I would never speak about and not tell anyone, but nobody came and that was a good thing.
About the football we played, I actually have no idea how to speak about it.”
On Sunderland’s second penalty, Klopp added: “There was no foul before the free kick for the second penalty. You need a little bit of luck, but Sunderland worked hard too and maybe they deserved it.”