Klopp critical of Liverpool lapses and admits draw was ‘lucky’

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 11:18

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss unhappy with defending

Jurgen Klopp pinpointed Liverpool’s defensive shakiness and admitted they needed “luck” to claim a 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Anfield.

The Reds twice took the lead in the first half through Roberto Firmino but defensive lapses allowed the Gunners to twice level before Olivier Giroud put Arsenal 3-2 ahead. Joe Allen, however, had the last word as Liverpool claimed a 3-3 draw.

After the game, Klopp told BT Sport: “For 60, 70% of the game we played really well. The players created opportunities but they got two easy goals. The first from a set play. For the second, Olivier Giroud is on the ground and we are more influenced by this than Arsenal.

“The third goal, we lose too easy the ball.

“At the end we made a real good game and needed luck to make the draw and I think we deserved it.

“It’s like a battery, at the beginning you play well, and it goes down as the game goes on.

“It’s an explosion of goals but at the final whistle you cannot ignore there were problems.

“You have to speak about Roberto Firmino and both his goals were brilliant and he played for the whole time really good.”

Speaking to BBC Sport, Klopp added: “We started so good and played so good football. It showed all of us how good we could be.

“Then we concede a goal from a set play and we have to work at it. Organisation is one thing and sometimes we have a little problem with concentration.

“We gave them two easy goals after we had to work really hard for our goals. We had many moments which I am happy with.

“At 3-2, both teams had a low battery. We scored with a perfect pass, perfect header, perfect finish and nobody doubts it was deserved.

“I have no problem with the number of games, the problem is we don’t have enough players for the number of games.”

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