Jurgen Klopp angry despite Liverpool’s fourth-straight win
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool ground out a 2-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday as the Reds have now won four-straight games in the Premier League.
Still, Klopp isn’t that happy.
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That’s because Liverpool were second best in the first half as they failed to cope with Swansea’s high-pressing and were behind 1-0 at half time.
Klopp had some strong words for his players in the dressing room and it worked as Roberto Firmino equalizes and James Milner’s late spot kick won it.
Despite plenty of optimism over Liverpool’s strong start to the season -- they have won five of their opening seven games and have 16 points on the board -- the German coach wasn’t best pleased when speaking to Sky Sports afterwards.
Liverpool deserved to just edge the game but they could’ve been 2-0 or even 3-0 down at half time had Swansea been more clinical. Defending set pieces continues to be a problem for Klopp and his side have now conceded the most from those situations in the Premier League since he arrived last October. There was no surprise Leroy Fer’s goal came from a set piece as zonal marking was again an issue for the Reds, while goalkeeper Lorus Karius looked a little nervy at times when coming for crosses as Mike van der Hoorn should’ve equalized in the dying stages for Swansea.
With plenty of euphoria around Liverpool’s stellar start to this season, question marks over their defensive play still linger. Liverpool has now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of its last 10 Premier League away games dating back to last season, which is closing in on the club record of 12. Yes, we know they are the top-scoring team in the Premier League in 2016 but shoring up these defensive issues will be the priority for Klopp.
Klopp also confirmed that both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are struggling with groin injuries. Lallana hobbled off in the first half and Klopp believes the England midfielder will not be available for Gareth Southgate over the international break.
“One or two problems today. Adam with a groin problem and Dejan Lovren too. I’m pretty sure they both cannot go now to national team,” Klopp confirmed. “We need further assessment and then we will see. Hopefully they can use the time to recover and be back in the race for the next game.”
Liverpool remain in the race for the PL title with yet another win but Klopp knows his side will come up against better opponents than a struggling Swansea and they got out of jail a little bit on Saturday.