Liverpool manager left frustrated as Newcastle equalise in stoppage time at Anfield

Liverpool manager left frustrated as Newcastle equalise in stoppage time at Anfield

-Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated as Liverpool threw away two points in stoppage time against Newcastle, admitting he did not see a display worthy of Champions League football.

-Joe Willock’s 95th-minute equaliser earned Newcastle a 1-1 draw at Anfield despite Liverpool having many chances to put the result beyond doubt.

“I don’t think you can create many more chances or better chances than what we did today,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“We didn’t finish the game off and we didn’t play enough.

“It was not complicated. With a few passes, we always came through, we just had to do that again and again. Just keep going and going and let them run.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has taken just five points from a possible 27 against Fulham, Brighton, Burnley, Newcastle, and West Brom this season.

“The counter-attack can happen but we kept them alive. In the end, they deserved the goal. They scored two minutes before, whatever, another one with the new rules… it’s unlucky for Wilson but that’s how it is now and we didn’t even take that present.

“We’ve been unlucky with VAR this season but today we were and then we gave another chance away. It makes no sense. It’s really tough to take.”

Liverpool had 22 shots but found the net only once through Mohamed Salah’s brilliant effort early on and Klopp had no explanation for the team’s poor game management.

He said: “Why it happened, I don’t know. We just have to keep the ball. In a specific way, we don’t fight enough. When we lose the ball, we fight.

“But we don’t keep the ball and dominate in the way it was possible to dominate today. We had 70 percent of the ball but we should have had 80 percent.”

‘Learn or we don’t play Champions League’

Joe Willock scores against Liverpool
Joe Willock scores late on against Liverpool

The result means that Liverpool remains in sixth, behind West Ham and Chelsea in the race for the Champions League places, before facing Manchester United next weekend.

“If you deserve it, you deserve it,” Klopp said when asked about his side’s top-four chances.

“I didn’t see today that we deserved to play Champions League next season. In another five games? We’ll see what we can do.

“We learn or we don’t play Champions League. That’s it.”

Klopp added in his press conference: “If we play like this and don’t finish games like this off, why should we play
Champions League?”

“We want to deserve Champions League and we don’t want to come and be cheeky, we want to earn it and with these results, you don’t earn it.

“It’s all on the table so go for it. It feels close to being unacceptable but we have to accept it anyway.”


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