After throwing away an early lead, the Reds had to battle back to salvage a 2-2 draw against relegation-battlers, West Ham and maintain their spot in the Premier League race behind Chelsea and Arsenal.
Jürgen Klopp made a point of staying positive in the post-match interview, commending his squad’s quality going forward even while ruing the few mistakes that let a very winnable matchup slip away.
“We tried everything today. One wonderful free kick and goal was very unlucky which we conceded. [It was a] big surprise for everybody, we thought we could clear it, so they were 2-1 up.
The German noted that his side were unable translate offensive opportunities that saw Liverpool dominate with nearly 70% possession and 18 shots on target into more goals:
“We scored a wonderful goal and had a few great offensive situations in the first half, we should have had more honestly. In the second half, we tried everything. We were often enough in the box, a lot of [offensive] situations...one or two [penalties] could have been given tonight. So it’s a draw and we have to take it.
“We felt like the whole time we were in their box so it’s not too simple then, eh? When you’ve made the right decisions” he continued, “you need a little bit of luck. Our second goal [for example] for sure was unlucky for West Ham. It was not our best cross today, but it was a good situation and Div[ock] Origi was there.
“In the first half [West Ham] played good football honestly, in a few situations, but the goals could’ve been avoided. But that’s how it is in football. So, draw. It doesn’t feel too good, but it doesn’t feel too bad either.
“Mixed emotions. It feels not too good, but it’s a point.”