Klopp offers mixed explanation over ‘annoying’ Liverpool front three issue

Klopp offers mixed explanation over ‘annoying’ Liverpool front three issue

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp attempted to explain why his once-potent front three have begun to struggle for goals after their 0-0 draw with Man Utd.

Liverpool sought to regain top spot in the Premier League with a victory over bitter rivals Man Utd.

Despite outnumbering their opponents in attempts by more than two to one, the Reds crafted very little in the way of clear cut chances.

Alisson Becker was called into action late on to make two vital saves as both sides were forced to settle for a point apiece at Anfield.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Klopp said: “If we won 1-0 I’d think it was completely fine. You can’t deny Manchester United chances for 90 minutes. You never could. They’re in a good moment.

“With all the things said before the game – they’re flying and we’re struggling – my boys did a good game tonight.

“First half the counter-press was great, passing was good. But we didn’t score. That’s the most important thing in football.

“The second half was a bit more open. They had two big chances – Alisson made two good saves.”

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When quizzed on why goals have dried up for Liverpool’s fabled front three, Klopp struggled to find an answer.

“There is no easy explanation [for their recent lack of goals],” said the German. “You always miss chances. You have to keep going and try to ignore the talk around it. Everyone wants to see goals. You cannot force it.

“It’s football. These moments happen. You have moments where you can’t explain why you score from all angles. Against Crystal Palace everything ended up in the net. It’s a bit annoying in between these moments.

“I like the game. I saw a lot of really good individual performances and the team performance was good. Not the result we wanted, but the result we got.”

 

‘Standards have dipped’ – Henderson

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “We are a little disappointed we haven’t taken three points at home.

“I thought we did enough to win the game, especially first half. We had a lot of the ball we created chanced but just couldn’t find back if then net

“Yes, they had one or two chances – they were dangerous on the counter – but overall I thought we were the better team to win the game.

“I would say the performance levels haven’t been up to our standards in the past few weeks. We just showed that we have got to keep going, work hard and improving. We will not stop now.”

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