Later News Feb 21

Klopp pinpoints Liverpool’s lack of killer instinct in front of goal for Everton defeat


Liverpool’s freefall into the late 1990s continued this morning (SGT), as the Reds suffered their sixth defeat in 10 Premier League matches with a demoralising 0-2 home defeat to city rivals Everton.

 

It was the first time in 22 years that the Toffees had won at Anfield – their last victory at the stadium was in September, 1999 – but more worryingly for Jurgen Klopp and his men, it appears their once impregnable fortress has now become as open as a McDonalds drive-through.

 

Now winless in six consecutive home games, having lost their last four, Liverpool are currently on their worst run at home since 1923 – which incidentally, is the number of minutes it takes for their new signing Ozan Kabak to run 20 metres.

 

Much of the defending Premier League champions’ woes have been put down to their chronic lack of defenders, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all out with long-term injuries.

 

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Klopp, however, believes that it was his team’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal that cost them the game against Everton, with the front-three of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmi-no-goals squandering a host of presentable chances against Carlo Ancelotti’s charges.

 

Said Klopp: “There were plenty of good football moments so we did well from a creative point of view but we had to chase the game and were not calm enough.

 

“Everton defended deep and full of passion but there were still moments where we were completely free in the box but we didn't finish.

 

“In the second half, we changed formation a little because we wanted to cause them more problems. Immediately we had big chances. Sadio [Mane] twice in the box and Bobby [Firmino] was twice in promising positions, so we had all these moments.”

 

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Klopp might have a point. In their last 10 Premier League matches, Liverpool have only netted a measly eight goals – a far cry from the days when they would seemingly score just for sh*t and giggles.

 

Nonetheless, Klopp, who previously ruled his team out of the title race, is choosing to remain optimistic despite his team’s dismal defeat to Everton.

 

“We could talk about this for an hour in detail and you would realise what you were talking about would be 90 per positive but 10 per cent was not and we have to change 10 per cent because it makes the difference result wise,” Klopp explained.

 

“We stand here having lost 2-0. I know how important it is. We feel it deep inside. But from tomorrow on I have to use all the good stuff. These good situations are the guarantee that we can change it but the decisive moments we have to change as well.”

 

On the other hand, Everton boss and unflappable tea lover Ancelotti was all smiles as he praised his players for ending their Anfield hoodoo.

 

“I'm really happy,” Ancelotti declared, as Captain Obvious winked and gave him a thumbs-up from a distance. 

 

Elaborating further, Ancelotti added: “What it means, this victory, is that we can compete. Using our quality, which is not the same technical quality of Liverpool, but we have a strong spirit in this period and our belief is improving.

 

“We competed really well and were clinical in front. We didn't have a lot of opportunities but the opportunities we did have we were able to convert them really well.”

 

With the victory, seventh-placed Everton pull level on 40 points with Liverpool, despite having played a game less.

 

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