Klopp: Liverpool’s defending was the ‘biggest rubbish ever’

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 7:19

Jurgen Klopp: Celebrates Liverpool's win with Roberto Firmino

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted the Reds needed a “lot of luck” to win at Norwich and called their defending in the game the “biggest rubbish ever”.

The Reds were not at the races in the first hour of the game and found themselves 3-1 down after more clumsy defending. But Liverpool score three times in 20 minutes to turn the match on its head, although they needed a last-gasp Adam Lallana strike to claim a 5-4 win after Sebastien Bassong had made it 4-4 moments earlier.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Klopp said: “We have had a few games with a similar story like this, we need to think whether it is because of us.

“It was exciting until the end and longer. We had a win after 90 mins, a draw after 92 and then a win again. It is not usual.

“There was about 70 minutes that were really good. We started well but then conceded the goals. Conceding four goals in general not good. Conceding from set plays is the biggest rubbish ever because it is too easy for the other team.

“Usually we concede from the corner but now it was from the second ball, we were like rabbits in the headlights. We won the game, in the end it was deserved. The players played under big pressure and scoring five goals is not too easy. We did it.

“I was really surprised because the story of the game was not that we could make time pay. It was an open game, 90 minutes thank you and go but five? That’s hard.

“It is not too easy to judge and stay cool in a game like this. I asked why five minutes. I was not satisfied with the answer, the referee was not satisfied with the question.

“We needed luck at the end and we had it.”

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Klopp, speaking to BT Sport, added: “It was an unbelievable game. We should always think it is possible, although it was not easy today. We had a lot of problems at the start. There was a bit of searching for confidence but then we played a bit of football and saw what is possible.

“Set plays, set plays, set plays, and the game changed, the opponent got a bit more confident. When I saw five minutes of overtime I couldn’t understand why.

“I think we were the deserved winner in a spectacular game. I think it is a new record but we have to solve our problems because this will not always be possible.

“Of course we were lucky, but we were not too lucky when they equalised in overtime. It is very emotional. We are in the middle of the chaos and react, sometimes we know what we are doing, sometimes we don’t. The game is enough of a story.”

On Lallana’s winner, Klopp continued: “Adam’s goal was not only spectacular but well deserved because he is such a hard worker.

“He is not happy with his scoring record but he is an offensive player so it was a good moment to celebrate his goal.”

On losing his glasses in the celebrations that followed that last-gasp winner, Klopp concluded: “I have a second pair, but I can’t find them. It’s really hard to find glasses without glasses.”

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