Jurgen Klopp: Why Liverpool need to calm down
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on the Reds's 1-1 draw with Southampton at Anfield on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool need to show more composure in front of goal after a 1-1 draw with 10-man Southampton on Sunday.
The Reds manager was denied his first victory since taking over the reins at Anfield after Saido Mane cancelled out Christian Benteke’s opener with four minutes remaining on Merseyside.
It’s only a goal, only a game of football! It’s like it’s the last thing in your life and we have to calm this down
The 18-time English champions 15 attempts on the Southampton goal but the hosts only managed to get two of those on target as Divock Origi struggled up front for the Reds.
And Klopp, who signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside outfit earlier this month, reflected on a third successive draw following his appointment as Brendan Rodgers’s successor.
“Of course this moment is not the best moment in the week because we wasted a lot of energy,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
“Southampton haven’t lost away from home so we had to work hard. You score the goal and you want to win, but it didn’t happen tonight.
“Football is not a fairytale. Sometimes we write stories like this but it doesn’t happen. You see these guys can play football, are technically strong and physically strong but you saw how big the disappointment after Southampton was.
“It’s only a goal, only a game of football! It’s like it’s the last thing in your life and we have to calm this down.”
Liverpool have drawn with Tottenham Hotspur, Rubin Kazan and Southampton since Klopp was named as the eighth Reds manager of the Premier League era.
Klopp’s side face Bournemouth in the League Cup mid-week before a clash against defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Sunday.