Jurgen Klopp attempts to play down Liverpool expectations
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp calls for patience after 1-1 draw with Southampton
Jurgen Klopp has attempted to play down expectations after Liverpool drew 1-1 with 10-man Southampton at Anfield on Sunday evening.
The Reds appeared to be heading for their first three points under Klopp after substitute Christian Benteke headed the hosts into a 77th minute lead.
We have to be patient for this. I’m sorry for this but I am not the first person who says this. Now we have to work
However, Manchester United target Sadio Mane levelled with four minutes remaining before the Southampton man was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Liverpool’s third successive stalemate leaves Klopp’s side in ninth place and six points behind fourth-placed United ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Asked if his Reds squad were suffering under the weight of expectations at Anfield, Klopp reiterated the need for patience following his appointment earlier this month.
“For me, it’s cool. For me, everything is fine. I’ve been here two or three weeks and that’s the perfect football atmosphere,” Klopp told his post-match media conference.
“I don’t know what it was before but when I came here and everybody told me ‘OK, now we can win the league’ or something like this, that’s what I said, ‘the other teams won’t wait for us’.
“When was the last [league win]? 1990? The last league title was 1990 so maybe there are some people who think it’s time! But it’s not because of the atmosphere – everything is here that you need for more success in this moment.
“We have to be patient for this. I’m sorry for this but I am not the first person who says this. Now we have to work.
“I can enjoy these games – I love to work in this atmosphere. If nobody wants to be successful I wouldn’t be here. That’s absolutely OK, but we have to work hard.”
Klopp signed a three-year deal with Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a goalless draw with Everton in October’s Merseyside derby.
The 48-year-old has guided Liverpool to three successive draws in all competitions since taking over the reins.