Jurgen Klopp: Why I’m not angry with my Liverpool players
The Liverpool manager admits it is too late to be angry with his players after Sunday's surprise 4-3 loss to Bournemouth
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he isn’t angry with his Liverpool players despite their 4-3 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds squandered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Eddie Howe’s outfit following goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake in the final 14 minutes.
Liverpool remain in third place in the Premier League table and four points behind leaders Chelsea after their first Premier League defeat since a 2-0 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor in August.
The Merseyside outfit saw their 11-game unbeaten run come to an end after coming out on the wrong side of their seven-goal thriller at the Vitality Stadium.
Speaking to the media after Liverpool’s 4-3 loss to Bournemouth, Klopp insisted that he wasn’t angry with his Reds players despite their defeat.
“I’m not angry. During the game, I was angry a few times, when I still had influence on it,” Klopp said.
“I saw in the moment that it’s not that you really want to do the wrong thing – I know my boys well enough – only you do it and it’s a little bit too late and you lose the momentum in the game.
“It’s not too simple to come back. That’s why you have to keep the momentum all the time or as long as you can. That’s where I tried to help. But now it has happened, I cannot change it anymore so why should I be angry? The guys didn’t want to lose, I saw it. They worked hard enough. But we were not clear enough in the right moments and a few things in the game we had no influence on.”
Liverpool will return to Premier League action next Sunday when Klopp’s side entertain struggling West Ham United at Anfield.
The Reds have never won the Premier League crown despite finishing in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.