Another frustrating draw for Liverpool as West Ham came to visit Anfield. Fingers will be pointed, positions will be analyzed, and everyone will try to make sense of another match where Liverpool seemingly dominated and couldn’t take back the lead. Frustrating may not begin to cover it.
Jürgen Klopp mentioned mixed emotions in his presser following the match but was quick to answer in regards to questions about defense and goalkeeping that may have lead to the second goal against them. When asked about Karius’ position from the set-piece he said:
“I've really no idea. You are the seventh person who has asked me this. Maybe he was or you are all blind. I've only seen it once. I've no idea, actually.
“Matip, who had a fantastic game, slipped a little bit (for the second goal) and couldn't control the ball, Loris was then surprised and we were too late and they could score.”
Klopp is nothing if not realistic and chose to focus on what the team did well today, rather than what they did not (at least publicly), considering the Reds were down by one at the half and looking for a way back in.
“At half-time we told the boys 'cool down, ignore the result in this game and we are able to score once, twice or three times if we go back to our usual idea',” the boss added.
“The boys did well second half. It felt for me that we had the whole 48 minutes – only three minutes added was an interesting view on things – we were around their box. It wasn't quite like that but it felt like it.
“But it's about making the right decision and staying cool. Last year when I was here the crowd didn't make the difference it made today, they were outstanding.
“We did what we had to do, playing football with passion and the crowd was great for all 90 minutes.”
We can only hope the draw is just a stumble for the Reds and not the first signs of something far more disappointing. There’s only so much the twelfth man of Anfield can do, after all.