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Jurgen Klopp clarifies where Liverpool went wrong in West Brom draw


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted West Brom deserved their 1-1 draw at Anfield, while highlighting his side’s disappointing performance in the second half.

The Reds got off to a perfect start when Sadio Mane put his side 1-0 in 12 minutes, but the hosts failed to add more goals in a first half in which they took advantage of a massive possession of 82%.

Semi Ajayi, Fabinho
Ajayi climbed high to win an equalizer | Pool / Getty Images

After the break, West Brom continued to defend stoically as his hosts began to appear complacent. Eventually, the Baggies managed to win an equalizer when Semi Ajayi nodded from a corner, with less than 10 minutes left.

Speaking after the game against Sky Sports, Klopp said his side let the opposition enter the game after half-time, especially in the “easy corners”.

“In the first half I think we did well. We scored a goal and didn’t give anything, especially the set pieces, ”he began.

Roberto Firmino, Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone made a fine save to earn a point for his team | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

“In the second half, we didn’t do exactly the same. In the first five minutes, they had three counterattacks. We gave them too many easy turns, it’s our fault and that’s why it’s only a point instead of three. ”

West Brom sat incredibly deep for the vast majority of the game with Klopp joking that their form looked like a 6-4-0 at times.

He added: “It’s an incredible challenge to stay active, to stay alive when you’re constantly up against 10 men. West Brom did the job for 90 minutes.

“They deserved the point because we didn’t finish the game, we didn’t have enough clear chances. It’s hard to create, it’s a busy time. In the end, everyone knows and feels that we could have done better tonight. . “

The disappointing point means Liverpool only have a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, as they end the year with a trip to Newcastle on Wednesday night.