Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp criticised his side’s attitude after they began their new English Premier League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Fulham on Saturday.
Speaking to BT Sport’s Des Kelly after the game, Klopp said:
The best thing about the game is the result. We get a point from a really bad game from my side.
Now it’s a question of ‘how can that happen?’ I said already to your colleagues that the attitude wasn’t right in the beginning.
Then we wanted to fight back but it was not easy – the pitch was dry, stuff like this, and we played into their [hands].
When we had a bit of direction then we ended up in front of their goal, and even when we were 1-0 down we had probably the bigger chances.
The result is fine. I don’t think we deserved more than that, but the performance is massively improvable.
Asked if he had delivered some stern words for his side at half-time, when they trailed 1-0 to Mitrovic’s back-post header, Klopp smiled:
Yes! We cannot always hug the boys. We do that usually when they deserve it.
The first half, we started the game opposite to how we wanted to. We didn’t find direction, and everybody was under pressure. We couldn’t break the lines.
There was a clear message before the game, that what we have to do is take risks. We lost balls, and each challenge they won, each chance, each shot, is big for them.
We never had momentum. We could have won the game, we had the bigger chances, but that probably would have been a bit too much.