Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified exactly what went wrong in the 1-0 defeat to Napoli in midweek.
Klopp was asked if, after analysing the midweek Champions League defeat against Napoli, he had worked out what went wrong against Napoli and if he knew how to fix it.
He was not keen on revealing the results of his analysis in the week, but when pushed he did detail what his conclusions were from the Naples defeat.
“Yes, and yes,” replied Klopp laughing, before he proceeded to inform the media his inner thoughts.
“The timing wasn’t good in the defence, we didn’t adapt to what they did in the right way.
“After the game it felt much more clear that they deserved to win. The timing was not good because we felt under pressure when we were not under it. We had a few wrong decisions where we could have played left, not right, there was a lot of times which was close to being good but no real perfect decision.
“We had three days and make the boys aware of what was wrong – but I won’t forget how we played against Chelsea. We have to stay cool. We want to show a reaction.
“I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but if you ask the best preparation mood wise, it’s losing a game.
“We felt it now, we don’t want to have that feeling again.”
Liverpool take on table-toppers Man City in Sunday at Anfield and he acknowledges his men will have to be on top form and dismissed the importance of the two games against last year’s champions.
“I don’t think it makes sense in this moment to think about the title. Man City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champions League.
“In the 4-3 they were really good. Before that they had 60 games in a row.
“They never gave up even at 4-1 down.
“We have to be spot on,” added Klopp. “At our best to keep them away from our goal and creating chances in front of our goal.
“It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it.”