Jurgen Klopp: Why nearly everything went wrong for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool didn't have a good game at St James' Park
Jurgen Klopp says nearly everything went wrong for Liverpool in their 2-0 defeat by Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.
Georginio Wijnaldum helped the Magpies make the breakthrough as his shot was deflected into the net by Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in the 69th minute to break the deadlock for the home side.
This was obviously not a really good football game
Liverpool pushed forward in search of an equaliser following Wijnaldum’s deflected strike and Jurgen Klopp introduced Adam Lallana, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge from the bench in the second half.
However, Newcastle managed to hit the Reds on the break and Wijnaldum sealed three points with a stylish finish over Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website following his second Premier League defeat, Klopp admitted his players failed to create any clear-cut chances at St James’ Park.
“Nearly everything [went wrong], I would say – the start, the middle and the end,” Klopp told his post-match media conference.
“This was obviously not a really good football game. It was 50 per cent because of Newcastle, 50 per cent because of Liverpool.
“In a situation like Newcastle’s, it’s absolutely okay to play like this because they didn’t do too badly.
“They were playing build-up, they didn’t create chances, but we didn’t create chances either.
“It was an open game but no rhythm from our side; our defending in the last line was good, the middle didn’t defend well together, our midfield pressing was not good, I couldn’t see offensive pressing.”
Liverpool are in sixth place and nine points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City after Sunday’s setback at Newcastle.