Jurgen Klopp joked that the linesman at Newcastle’s on Sunday ruled out Alberto Moreno’s goal because Liverpool’s performance was so s**t.
Klopp denied that the Reds’ 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park was a reality check for his side, insisting that only outsiders had talked them up as Premier League title contenders, but the German admitted that Newcastle had deserved their victory, ruing his players’ lack of counter-pressing.
Asked what had gone wrong at St James’ Park, Klopp said: “Nearly everything, I would say. The start, the middle and the end. I don’t know.
“This was obviously not a really good football game, and that was 50 per cent because of Newcastle and 50 per cent because of Liverpool FC.
“It was an open game with no rhythm from our side. We were not creative enough, so we had no chances.”
Liverpool did score what appeared to be a perfectly good equaliser in the 79th minute when Moreno brilliantly volleyed home, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Klopp added: “We got this goal – it was something like a Christmas present or whatever. We made our goal, but because we weren’t good enough today, the linesman thought, ‘Don’t make world-class goals if you play this s***’.
“The second goal I’m not interested in, it was a counter attack and that’s normal. So we have to take this game and think about why it happened. That’s not the biggest issue in the world.”