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Klopp Talk: This Is My Fault

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Pain.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on January 21, 2021, which the Reds lost 0-1 to a late Ashley Barnes penalty. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

So Liverpool lost a football match today. At home. To Burnley.

It’s that sinking feeling.

This really isn’t a good moment for the Reds right now. Granted, eventually some of those million chances will go in, but the balance just isn’t right across the pitch. It’s not good, and this really feels like the nadir. Jürgen Klopp was quite upfront about things.

“We lost the game which is pretty impossible but we did it”, BBC Sport report the Liverpool manager as saying. “That is my fault. It is my job to make sure the boys have the right feelings and confidence. That didn’t work out. We had the ball a lot and created some situations that are OK but our final decision is not right. I said the same thing last week. When something doesn’t work you must try harder, longer and more often and make better decisions. It didn’t work tonight.

“It is always my fault. If I make clear which movement s make sense because it will hurt the opponent and we don’t do that then I need to make it clearer. It is not that they don’t want. It is difficult to play against these low blocks. It helps if you score the first goal but we didn’t. That changes the opponent. After not scoring for a long time not everybody feels confident.

“I never thought of us as free scoring. I knew we had to work hard. It is not the first time or last time it will happen in football. We can only use this game for the next one. It is not because the players do not have the ability Our decision making is the problem. If we score in our big moments it changes things but we did not.”

Look, that was a stinker of a result. No sugar coating it. Just please, god, let it be the low point and things turn around. Please.