Jurgen Klopp is sick and tired of repeating the same message that’s clearly not getting through to his players, while Joel Matip was “absolutely not happy” with more dropped points.
Liverpool’s dismal start to the season continued beyond the international break after dropping points at home to Brighton. The Saturday kick-off represented Roberto De Zerbi’s first match in charge of the Seagulls and an away point at Anfield was a fine way to start.
The visitors raced into a two-goal lead, scoring in the fourth and 17th minutes. Belgium international Leandro Trossard grabbed both goals, but his full story was far from told.
Liverpool pulled one back through Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian was chosen to lead the line with Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez all left on the bench following their international exploits.
Firmino pulled the Reds level after the break and when Adam Webster’s own goal put the Reds in front after the hour mark, Liverpool’s comeback looked complete.
However, it was that man Trossard who would have the final say when completing his hattrick in the 83rd minute to secure a share of the spoils.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Klopp said: “This game has different stories. There is the story of how we conceded two early goals, there is the story of how we came back in the game, then there is the story of how we threw it away.
“Brighton are a really good football team and a real team. It was a different formation, we were surprised a little bit? Yes a little.
“But we were already 2-0 down when we adapted from that. We scored our goals which were the counter-attacks.
“We could have won but would we have deserved to win? I’m actually not sure. Brighton deserved something.
“With all the good things we did during the week the confidence is a little lower and when someone stamps on it, it is really difficult. We have to accept it. Of course it is not enough for us but it is what we got.”
Klopp calls falling on deaf ears?
While Klopp was congratulatory to Brighton, he was less than complimentary to his own players.
The German has repeatedly called for a reaction after each and every setback this season. However, the players haven’t responded and continue to churn out underwhelming displays below the levels we’re all accustomed to seeing.
“I spoke to the boys in a similar way to how I speak to you,” added Klopp. “I don’t know how many times I have to say we need a reaction.
“The first goal has an impact on both teams. They were flying and we were somewhere in between. They used that for the second goal.
“We could have defended much better. It’s football and you have to accept it. On a day like this when it starts like this, it’s important to fight your way through. It would be nice if you could win it.
“We always have problems against Brighton who are a very good football team but we have to do better.
“I know we have 10 points and that’s the reality. I don’t hide from that. We have to go together and build.”
“Absolutely not happy” – Joel Matip
Liverpool defender Joel Matip also spoke to the press and the usually mild-mannered centre-half was clearly angry at what transpired.
“Absolutely not happy,” said Matip. “Not a good performance. Brighton played really well and made our life quite hard.
“It wasn’t our game and it started from the beginning. We have to improve.
“It was better but we are still not happy with our performance, especially at home. We expect more from ourselves.
“It’s great, even in not a good game for us, he [Roberto Firmino] scores. That’s brilliant. He [Alisson] was there to save our backs again and hopefully he does not have as many saves to make in the future.
“I don’t care who is coming, we just have to step up and do better.”