Jurgen Klopp admitted everyone at Liverpool was “playing for their future” after the Reds slid to defeat at Leicester City.
The Reds boss was left searching for answers after yet another slip-up at a club threatened by relegation.
All five of Liverpool’s Premier League defeats have come against teams in the bottom half of the table, and in truth they rarely looked like coming away from the King Power Stadium with much more than a bloody nose.
Asked afterwards whether there was a chance his players were just not as good as he believes they are, Klopp replied: “The thing is, we are all playing for our future – myself included.
“We get judged every day, especially on matchdays, especially on performances.
“I don’t think (the players) are not as good as I think they are, but they need my help to show it every week.
“I have said it a few times. When we lose, I feel maximum responsibility. I hope that by using always the word ‘we’ and not ‘they’ I show that I am involved in this.
“It’s not a moment to make assessments like this, especially not in public. But to say the truth as often as possible, I have to. Bad performances don’t help anyone.”
Klopp refused to look for excuses after this setback, stating that Liverpool had nobody to blame but themselves.
But having suggested his side were ‘not prepared’ for Leicester’s aggressive, fast-paced start to the game, he understood that questions would be asked. Liverpool had visited La Manga during a 16-day preparation period for this game, but few would have guessed.
“Last year we had a game every three days or something, and we were asked to use this as an excuse,” Klopp said.
“I think it makes more sense to use that as an excuse, because you have injuries and other things.
“Yes, 15 or 16 days to prepare is not perfect, because of the rhythm. But for defending you don’t need rhythm, you need organisation.
“It was not our job to win the game in the first half, it was our job to win the game. And if it was 0-0 at half time, maybe the crowd would change a bit. That’s possible if they cannot create chances.
“We will have chances, that was clear, because we always have chances. We can play football. But being 2-0 down doesn’t help, being 3-0 down doesn’t help.
“Maybe it looked like at the end that a few players struggled with rhythm, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse or an explanation.” – Echo
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