Klopp exonerates Liverpool scapegoat; says there’s no ‘catastrophe’

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2021 2:15 - Matthew Briggs

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down the current “catastrophe” and exonerated Roberto Firmino of any blame in their poor run.

The Reds have not won in their last four Premier League matches and three games without a goal is their worst run since 2005.

They dominated possession against Manchester United but could not create any chances of any note and Firmino was well below par.

Klopp though refused to pin the blame on the Brazilian, who has failed to score or assist in their last four games.

Klopp said: “We didn’t score a lot, doesn’t mean Roberto’s performances have dropped. Counter-press stats like this dropping 50%, in this game [Man Utd] it was not the case. We had a lot of good counter-pressing situations in this game (v United).

“In others, teams play long balls. It’s not always about our approach, the other team’s too.

“We know we are not exactly where we want to be but the reasons are not too important. We just fight.



“People get unhappy with performances when results are not there. You can win the game with one lucky strike. We have to play our football to a high level. In the last few games in the final third we haven’t.

“But for a few decisions, that maybe we would have done last season, we didn’t score. To change the small details is not easy and that is what we are working on.”

Klopp: No catastrophe

The champions’ current run has seen them drop from first to fourth and Klopp accepts why there is such a debate about their form but he has to look past it.

He says their current form is not the “catastrophe” it is being made out to be.

“I understand the need to talk all the time about it but we cannot change it in a minute,” he said.

“Most of the things the public thinks of we do as well but someone has to be calm in this situation, it is not a catastrophe. It is not perfect but I saw a lot of good signs again in the Manchester United game but because we didn’t win, nobody was interested.”

Speaking about the title race Klopp, who could have Joel Matip back against Burnley on Thursday, said:  “It changes all the time because it’s so close. That makes it a different title race this year.

“We have to be ready. I know that in this business, only results count. But you need performances before the result. The last one was good.”

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