If you are a Liverpool fan, you were slightly surprised that the Merseysiders left St. James’ Park only having pulled their favorite routine this season of dropping points from winning positions rather than their second favorite trick of losing at the death. This time, the Reds wrapped up Matchday 7 sharing the points with Rafa Beniteiz’s well-drilled Newcastle to go into the international break mired beneath Burnley in the table at 7th.
With his side committing yet another defensive error in conceding a silly goal, an exasperated Jürgen Klopp cut a frustrated figure at the latest contradictory performance:
"I am disappointed, frustrated, whatever you want,” Klopp fumed in the post-match interview. “Away at Newcastle for each team will be a difficult place to play.
"We scored a wonderful goal and created wonderful chances. We shot the ball over the goal even when it was empty. We created five or six outstanding, big chances. Usually we score with one of them. I didn’t see one more chances for Newcastle.”
To the German’s point, Liverpool were, per usual, fast and loose with the trigger, letting off 17 shots, conceding only 8 and “enjoying” 68% possession. However with only two Liverpool shots landing on target, missing several gaping chances in the process, Klopp—who had just been forced in midweek to defend his famous attack against criticism of a sudden loss of confidence in front of goal—admitted that their struggles would continue until the Reds shed their wasteful finishing:
“If you don’t help yourself no one else help you. It will be like this until we score. We play like this it makes sense that we play like this usually we score in situations like this. We have to accept this and carry on.
"We play like this it makes sense that we play like this usually we score in situations like this. We have to accept this and carry on."
Scoring brilliantly, conceding brainlessly and responding meekly has been the overarching story of the Liverpool season thus far. And with the rest of the top sides save for Chelsea winning emphatically over the weekend and a clash with a rampant Manchester United looming following the international break, Klopp will be hoping his Liverpool find their shooting boots, resolve and anything resembling defensive nous fast.