Klopp finding it ‘hard to be positive’ after ‘frustrating’ defeat

Date published: Sunday 17th January 2016 5:11

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss dejected after Man Utd defeat

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is “frustrated” after his side wasted numerous opportunities in a 1-0 loss against Manchester United at Anfield.

Liverpool had 19 shots in the match but only hit the target four times, and they were made to pay for their lack of conviction when Wayne Rooney converted in the 78th minute to seal all three points for United.

With Liverpool dominant in the first half, the Reds looked set to take the lead but were unable to beat man-of-the-match David De Gea in the United goal.

And Liverpool boss Klopp believes his team “shouldn’t have lost”.

Speaking after the game, Klopp said: “I didn’t see too many chances for Manchester United and we didn’t take ours.

“Of course it is frustrating. We lost a game that we should not have lost.

“The goal was to defend and we didn’t do it. That is our responsibility. We have to defend set pieces better.

“We did really well creating the chances, but there were a lot of situation where we could have created more chances and didn’t.

“There were a lot of things but we lost in a derby against Manchester United so I can’t be very positive at this moment so soon after the game.”

Liverpool now remain ninth in the Premier League, and are six point behind Louis Van Gaal’s side in fifth place.

The Reds once again conceded via a set piece, and Klopp admits his side’s defending was poor.

“It’s a derby and in a derby you have one job to do – that’s to win,” said the German.

“The set play was not good defending but unlucky because we made changes just before.”

One positive to take out of the game was the impact of forward Roberto Firmino, who produced another impressive display as a stand-alone striker.

“Firmino again made a really good game. He’s a really good centre-forward when he plays there,” added Klopp.

“We played not bad but everyone can see if we want to be satisfied we need the result.”

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