Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has attributed their defeat to Newcastle over the weekend to the failure of his midfielders to press their opponents; this is according to Sunderland Echo. The Kop were stunned last weekend to relegation battlers Newcastle at St James’ Park and Klopp has bemoaned the lacklustre attitude of his midfielder.
After the match, the German tactician said: “It was an open game, with no rhythm from our side. Our defending in the last line was good; our defending in midfield wasn’t together. Our midfield pressing wasn’t good. I couldn’t see offensive pressing. We always had to run the long way in defence. We were not creative enough, so we had no chances.”
Since appointed as the manager of Liverpool in October, Klopp has lost two matches and won impressively against staunch rivals like Manchester City and Chelsea. Without any doubt, Liverpool was missing the presence of Philipe Coutinho. The trio of Joe Allen, James Milner and Lucas Leiva were a shadow of themselves as with new signing Roberto Firmino who struggled to make any impact.
The defeat has left Liverpool in seventh position on the Premier League log but they can still qualify for Champions League giving the recent form of Chelsea. Liverpool will host West Brom in their next Premier League game and they will be looking to avoid another defeat.