Phil Thompson backs Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool fans
Former Reds captain Phil Thompson says Liverpool supporters shouldn't be leaving early
Phil Thompson says Liverpool supporters shouldn’t be leaving early after Jurgen Klopp criticised the home fans following a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The Reds had levelled thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s close-range finish after Palace winger Yannick Bolasie put the visitors ahead with a powerful finish past Simon Mignolet.
You just have to look at Klopp at the end, he was drenched – it was a downpour
The 48-year-old was unhappy after some Reds supporters left Anfield in the minutes after Scott Dann’s 83rd-minute winner against the Merseyside outfit.
Former Liverpool captain Thompson sympathised with the Reds manager after Klopp admitted that he felt “alone” after some supporters headed for the Anfield exits.
“I would love it if people stayed, like Jurgen Klopp. Everybody should stay, see the team through to the end. We have seen, particularly in the Premier League, plenty of late goals turn games,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“Fans leaving was not the reason Liverpool lost that game. You just have to look at Klopp at the end, he was drenched – it was a downpour. All those areas around Jurgen are where people will get wet too.
“This is a way of life at a Premier League ground. People leave early. I wouldn’t, even if I was getting wet, but people are different, and live different distances [from the ground].”
Liverpool are in tenth place in the Premier League table after their third defeat of the season.
The five-time European champions are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United following their setback against Palace.
The Reds head to leaders Manchester City in their next Premier League fixture on 22 November.