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Klopp Talk: “We Made Mistakes”

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Liverpool’s manager knows mistakes were made. What matters is in the reaction.

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Jürgen Klopp isn’t concerned about what anyone has to say about him or his side in the wake of their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham. As far as he sees it, well, he knows mistakes were made, and his players know it, too. What the press think doesn’t change anything.

“It doesn't help so why should I read it?” Klopp told BBC Sport. "For the boys it would be good if they do the same, but on the other side it's not the biggest problem in the world. We made mistakes in that game. If people say, 'You made mistakes,’ we knew already.”

The problem, of course, is that the mistakes made against Tottenham came at the end of a nearly two month run of poor form for Liverpool, a stretch where even when they’ve played well—and they often have in September and October—the results just haven’t been there.

Then, with the results not coming, in their first game against another presumptive top six side since their disappointing 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the start of September, they were absolutely demolished by Tottenham. For fans and pundits alike, it’s been hard not to ask questions.

Reading about it, though, reading those doubts and questions and concerns, won’t help Liverpool to do what they need to do next. Klopp’s right about that. His focus, and his team’s focus, has to be on the pitch; has to be on their game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

"It's about reaction,” Klopp added. “If you don't feel well, you have to change the situation. That's what we have to do. That's our job and that's the world out there. When we make a mistake we don't wonder if anyone realised it.”