Jurgen Klopp issues message to Liverpool: Title race is not over
The Liverpool manager struggles to hide his disappointment after their 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Tuesday afternoon
Jurgen Klopp was keen to remind his Liverpool players that the title race is not over despite their disappointing 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday afternoon.
The Merseyside outfit broke the deadlock in the first half thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s second Premier League goal of the season following a dominant start from the visitors.
However, Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan conceded a penalty before half-time following a foul on Ibrahim Ndong which allowed Jermain Defoe to break the deadlock from the penalty spot.
Liverpool restored their slender lead with 18 minutes remaining after Sadio Mane finished from a corner to score what appeared to be the winner in his final game before heading to the African Cup of Nations.
But the away side were pegged back after Defoe scored his second goal from the penalty spot after Mane was penalised for a handball in the area.
Speaking at his post-match media conference after Liverpool’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Tuesday afternoon, Klopp said:
“In this moment, it is really hard for me to accept, but I am professional so I have to. Obviously, [the title race] is not finally done.
“Maybe I look like not the best loser in the world, I have no problem with this – today two penalties feels not good. I usually like to talk about football, but it’s difficult today.
“I know what I can expect when I say [to the players] ‘that was not enough’ or ‘that was enough’ but today if I said ‘that was not enough’ I have no idea if they could have done more. That’s my lack of experience.”