Adam Lallana says Liverpool were punished for ‘taking their foot off the gas’ at the start of the second half against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge struck after just 58 seconds at Anfield before Lallana’s goal on the half-hour mark had the Reds cruising, but Newcastle struck back in the second half through Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback with two of the Magpies’ three shots on target.
“It is very frustrating after such a positive performance in the first half,” Lallana told Liverpool’s official website.
“I felt we took our foot off the gas a bit and we lost momentum and credit to Newcastle who probably got a deserved point.
“It wasn’t for us not fighting and trying to get back in the game but there was 15 to 20 minute period at the start of the second half and Newcastle seemed to pounce on that.
“We have set our standards high in the last few months which is why I am so disappointed for the lads.
“It is disappointing but we have a big game to look forward to now on Thursday.”
On the positive side, Sturridge’s goal was his 11th of the season in just 21 matches this season – one behind leading scorer Philippe Coutinho who has featured 37 times – and his fourth in his last five appearances.
Lallana said of his team-mate: “He is in the best shape for a few months – I don’t know for how long – but now [playing] 90 minutes is no real problem any more and that’s good.
“You cannot see a difference between the first 60 and the last 30. For us, it’s very important.
“It was a wonderful goal very early in the game. It was not a real chance to be honest but he made the best of it. It was good.”
Klopp: We were dominant
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has urged his players not to dwell on the disappointment ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal.
“We cannot think about the reason (for drawing) too much,” Klopp said.
“We were dominant and played football. We did really well against an intensive opponent but you need a bit of luck in decisive moments.
“We had this penalty situation, I think it was a clear penalty (when Daniel Sturridge appeared to be fouled by Cheik Tiote).
“A 2-2 draw is not too good but we have to accept it.”