Liverpool failed to capitalise on rivals dropping points with a flat 1-1 draw away to Fulham.
The Reds were appalling in the early stages, conceding a number of good chances that Alisson had to deal with. It could’ve been 2 or 3 after half an hour. Liverpool then did enough to get a foothold back in the game, getting an equaliser from a VAR-awarded penalty, but in truth they did not deserve any more than that.
Jürgen Klopp was pretty blunt in his appraisal.
“It took us half an hour to get going and that of course makes the game more difficult”, the manager told the official Liverpool site.
“It was the first time supporters were here for a long, long time and obviously [they] created an atmosphere. We helped Fulham a lot to create that atmosphere, actually. They obviously played differently to the way they usually play; a lot of direct balls, Loftus-Cheek second ball, high ball fight and these kind of things. A lot of free-kicks – I think there were a lot of set-pieces in the first half.
“That’s how it is. With the ball I didn’t like our game, but there was a lot of loud shouting from outside from all the coaches, so we could solve that a little bit in the first half – like for 15 minutes – but then half-time helped massively and the second half was much better.
“I think in the first half an hour we could have lost the game, in the last 60 minutes we should have won it. In the end we get a point and that’s it.”
On the crucial return of Alisson, Klopp explained that “you could see in one or two situations you could see that he needs rhythm too, but in the key moments he was there.
“Sensational saves, obviously, but the goalkeeper on the other side had a pretty important job to do as well.”
On defensive injuries, he explained that “we are not struggling with numbers in the centre-back positions. We have some, they are just getting younger and younger – [but] we still have centre-backs. Today we brought Hendo into that position.
“The situation is like it is; I actually hope Joel will be fine but I don’t know. Then we have to find a solution, that’s how a football season is.”