Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joked that his side were so focused on ending their dry streak in front of goal that they forgot to focus on defense in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Reds entered the game on a four-game scoreless Premier League streak, with their only strikes of 2021 coming in the 4-1 win over Aston Villa academy in the FA Cup third round. .
Those struggles ended on Sunday as Mohamed Salah completed two excellent goals, but Liverpool failed to cope with the threat from United at the other end of the pitch and eventually fell to goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.
“There were a lot of good things and a few mistakes around the goals. If you want to win here you have to be absolutely on top and we weren’t, ”said Klopp. (via The Telegraph). “For the first goal, we had no protection – we wanted it too much. Things like these shouldn’t happen, but they can happen. We had too many players in the receiving position.
“We can take things away from this game. It’s good for Mo Salah, good for confidence. It was a tough game. We want it hard but it wasn’t enough.
“I saw the boys really, really wanted him. We had problems on the counterattack, it was intense, but there were positive points.
“Of course we take it that we scored two and we had other situations where we created well but they scored three. There were obvious mistakes around the goals. If you are in a situation that you don’t like, you take steps to get out of it. “
Goals were the only positives on a night that saw Liverpool extend their poor streak to a win in their last seven games and intensify calls for the Reds to sign a new center-back this month, but Klopp has insisted that he still trusted his team. ability to fight through this patch.
“Don’t worry about us, as a group, we are really together and we have to solve it together,” he added. “We’re right in this moment and we’re trying to win football games again.
“Tonight [Sunday] I didn’t see any trust issues. If you don’t score for a while it’s not good for your confidence but it all depends on how you handle it.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Jose Mourinho’s Spurs on Thursday, after which the Reds face delicate fixtures against West Ham, Brighton, Manchester City and Leicester.
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