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Loris Karius: “The First Half Wasn’t Really Good from Us”

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The German admits we weren’t at our best at Old Trafford.

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Saturday was a bad day for Liverpool. With Marcus Rashford managing to find himself in space on the left channel twice in the opening half hour, he managed to put away both his chances and the game proved too much of a challenge for Liverpool to really get back into and salvage a point. Conceding two early on was all the more frustrating as, while neither were really his fault, Loris Karius has been showing much better form in recent weeks.

The goalkeeper himself felt it was a frustrating day, too.

“In the second half we did well but the first half of course was not really good”, Karius told the official Liverpool FC site. “It’s frustrating in the end, because you ask yourself why we didn’t play as [well in the] second half after the game. That’s our own fault, we have to ask ourselves that question. It’s not easy to get something here if you only play good for one half so, of course, it’s disappointing”.

He was quite honest about his own side’s deficiencies, admitting “the first half wasn’t really good from us. We didn’t defend the counter-attack so good when they had their moments. They didn’t have a lot of moments but when they did they were really dangerous so we could have done better as a team. It’s difficult to say after a game what exactly what it was but as a team we could have done better and defended the situations better”.

Some might accuse him of shirking his own personal responsibility when he says that “the first goal was a really good finish and the second one gets deflected twice”, though it’s hard to argue with that assessment too much.

Onwards and upwards, Loris.