Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed that boss Jurgen Klopp urged his players to show a reaction after the club’s third defeat in four games.
Following the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid and Saturday’s first Premier League loss of the season at Watford, the Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea on Tuesday.
Goals in either half from Willian and Ross Barkley saw Frank Lampard’s side progress and inflict a third away defeat in a row on Liverpool, who have not suffered a worse record since Brendan Rodgers was at the helm.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, however, Lallana revealed that Klopp backed his side to bounce back in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
Asked what Klopp told his players, Lallana said: “You come to places like this and if you’re not 100 per cent on it and there are little errors here and there, you’re going to get punished.
“We know that. All you can do is react and luckily there’s another game in three days and then obviously the Atletico game is another big game. There are big games around the corner.”
Lallana also said that key mistakes cost his side against Chelsea.
“There were big moments in the first half where we failed to score,” he said. “It felt like an end-to-end game, a typical cup tie – probably good for the neutral. [But] we’re disappointed not to score.
“The second half started well, there were a couple of breaks in play and it felt like we lost our momentum a little bit. A couple of mistakes and if you let a good team like Chelsea counter on you like that, they’re going to have chances.
“We’re bitterly disappointed with the result. Credit to Chelsea.”
Asked if there is something lacking in the team after their strong campaign to date, Lallana said: “Nothing has been going wrong, you can always lose games.
“It’s about us just staying together, sticking to what we’ve done over the course of the last four or five years since the manager has come in and react. Simple as that.
“We’ve got another game at the weekend – I’m sure you’ll see a big reaction from the lads and hopefully we get the win.”
Liverpool host the Cherries at Anfield in their next game, with the same fixture last season providing a lift to Klopp’s men after their mini-slump.
Klopp, meanwhile, echoed Lallana’s comments that mistakes cost his side against the Blues.
Having made a brilliant save moments before, Adrian was at fault as Willian’s powerful shot cannoned off him into the net.