Your evening Liverpool headlines as Jurgen Klopp admits he has Liverpool problem and Roberto de Zerbi’s dressing room message revealed.
Jurgen Klopp admits he has a Liverpool problem he ‘cannot ignore’
Jurgen Klopp has admitted his Liverpool side are struggling with confidence issues when trying to find reasons behind the Reds’ slow start to matches after they drew 3-3 with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Conceding the first goal for the 12th time from their last 17 matches, Liverpool trailed after just four minutes and were 2-0 down inside 17 minutes against the Seagulls thanks to Leandro Trossard’s first-half brace. A Roberto Firmino brace of his own and Adam Webster own goal then turned the game on its head, only for the Belgian to net his hat-trick late on to ensure a share of the spoils.
The result leaves the Reds ninth in the table, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal and seven points behind reigning champions Man City, who they play in their next two Premier League matches, as well as four points off fourth-placed Brighton.
And speaking after his side’s latest dropped points, Klopp admitted his side were caught out by Brighton’s system and are struggling to adapt in such situations when explaining Liverpool’s slow starts in matches.
“It is normal that you adapt,” he told reporters after the final whistle. “When we play Brentford, you watch them and they play football against everyone. Not against us, just long balls. I can expect that. All of a sudden they might start playing football because now it makes sense against Liverpool.”
Roberto De Zerbi has shared his admiration of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp after his first game as Brighton & Hove Albion manager ended in a 3-3 draw at Anfield.
An early Leandro Trossard brace saw the Seagulls race into an early lead, only for the Reds to draw level courtesy of goals either side of half-time from Roberto Firmino, before an Adam Webster own goal turned the game on its head. However, Brighton fought back to earn a share of the spoils late on as the Belgian completed his hat-trick.
Having only taken over at Brighton less than two weeks ago, De Zerbi shared his pride at his team’s performance, despite throwing away a 2-0 lead, following the final whistle.
“I am very happy for the game. We played a very good game,” he told reporters. “It was a very good match.
We have the possibility to score more but in Anfield, and I know it is my first game in the Premier League, but I know Anfield. I know the difficulties in this stadium.