Jurgen Klopp insists the first defeat of his Liverpool reign can actually be of use – providing the players learn something from the experience.
The German was obviously disappointed to go down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace and although he accepts such reverses are part of the game he believes it was a loss which was “absolutely not necessary”.
And he will be unhappy if genuine lessons cannot be learned from the performance.
Liverpool dominated for an hour either side of good spells by the visitors but failed to capitalise on their advantage and then failed to find any response when they conceded late on.
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“It is not a problem to lose a game, it is football, it happens all the time but we have to learn the right things,” he said.
“If we learn the right things tonight it is very important and then it will be good we lost.
“At this moment I don’t know the reason for why it will be good but we have to learn the right things.
“I am satisfied with some moments but the problem I have is we have to play 95 minutes and if you are satisfied with 60 minutes after the game sometimes it is enough, sometimes not. That is the problem.
“We decide how strong we are, how good we are, how awake we are, how tired we are – nobody else. We have to learn that we decide.
“That is what we can learn and it (defeat) feels so bad because it was so absolutely not necessary.”
With defeat, the first since Manchester United won 3-1 on September 12, halting some of the momentum built up during a six-game unbeaten run under Klopp the international break will give the players plenty of thinking time before their next Premier League match – at Manchester City on November 21.
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