I mean, what do we even say at this point? Liverpool had the lead in an incredibly well-played first half. Then some stuff happened (that is in fact as much analysis as that second half deserves) and West Brom left Anfield with a point and Liverpool are only three points ahead of Everton at the top of the table. Oh, and Joel Matip sustained an injury.
So there’s not a lot for us to say, but at least we can rely on the ever-present and ever-helpful balm of post-game Kloppisms to get us through the pain.
“We should have won the game, or we wanted to win the game and we didn’t, and now we are all ‘depressed’ or whatever,” the boss said after the match, presumably while all of us were feeling ‘depressed’ or whatever. “The boys are more angry than anything else because they know that it was not perfect but that’s it and now, of course, we have to play the next game in three days.”
“We don’t live in dream-land and just win football matches because we want to win them: we have to work for it and we have to play for it and we have to finish the situations off and we have to pass in the right moments,” Klopp added, with a motivational quote fit for a cross-stitch.
“In the end, we just drew a Premier League game, that can happen. It can happen against West Brom, they had a new manager and they played in the first half a system I didn’t see a lot in my life, a 6-4 or whatever. That’s completely fine, they have challenges to stay this kind of disciplined for the rest of the season.”
“We have to be disciplined as well, in a different way,” he added. “We have to do both, being offensive, active, creative and defend. That’s what we have to do and we could have done that better tonight. That’s it.”
That’s it, indeed. Here’s hoping we do a lot better against Newcastle in three days.