Jurgen Klopp claimed the crowd “forced” his “impatient” Liverpool team into making the wrong decisions in last night’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Liverpool again had to stage a comeback after falling behind to a brilliant goal from Eden Hazard just after the half-hour mark. But Christian Benteke, a 75th-minute replacement for Adam Lallana headed home in stoppage time after Asmir Begovic could only paw a cross on to the head of the Belgian.
It was a deserved point for the hosts, who commanded 55 per cent possession and attempted 28 shots, but Klopp, who brought up his 50th match in charge in just 217 days, the quickest time of any Liverpool manager, bemoaned the crowd and his players’ impatience,
“In the first 15 minutes we were great, playing wonderful football without scoring,” said Klopp.
“There was not enough faith in our own quality and so we lost patience – and when you lose patience it is always difficult – and we lost formation.
“There were a lot of moments when we shot and we should have passed.
“If you don’t think you need to score in each situation then you can celebrate other situations.
“I love this stadium, I love this atmosphere but everyone lost patience tonight and the crowd did too.
“In a game like this the crowd force you, when you need to be patient, everybody shouts: ‘Go, go!’ and you say: ‘Where am I going to go?’.
“You see we all don’t trust our quality and that is what we have to learn in the future – and we will.
“We had the most offensive formation what we could have in the last 15 minutes; each striker and offensive midfielder was on and there was a wonderful cross from Sheyi Ojo and Christian was where he has to be.
“That was great for the night, celebrating with the families and crowd, it was wonderful that we didn’t lose.
“We have to build on these positive signs that the boys gave us in the last few months.”