Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool defended poorly against Aston Villa, played without freedom against FC Sion and played “kick and rush” against Everton.
Klopp was only confirmed as the new Liverpool manager on Thursday, holding his first press conference the following day, but the former Borussia Dortmund boss has wasted no time in beginning his analysis of his new side’s performances this season.
“I’ve seen the last three but if you ask me on Sunday I will have seen 20,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“The other games I only saw the goals. For 90 minutes, I saw Everton, Sion and Aston Villa.
“Aston Villa was really good. Good goals, but if you don’t defend the crosses it can happen against this striker (Rudy Gestede).
“Against Sion, in this game you saw the whole pressure on the team. The first chance missed and everyone is going… (acts panicked).
“You can see it in their eyes, they are not free. Football is about creating chances, not to make 20 goals a game. It is not possible.
“If you feel ‘yes I can miss, the next chance we will get’ then you are free and you can stay confident.
“That is very important. In the game against Sion, you saw many of the problems because there was so much pressure on the players. We have to work so that they feel good. I couldn’t see any fun in this game in no faces and that is not so good.
“In Everton of course it was a derby and pressure on both teams. It was a little bit old school. It was kick and rush, bam, bam, bam, long balls, but the fighting spirit was really okay.
“It was not the best game in the last 10 years I would say. In these three games you could see a lot of things. The early goal against Aston Villa, it opened them up and then they played. That is what I want to work for.
“We have to change things. First we have to see what is up at Melwood.”