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Nightmare Month Continues As Liverpool Are Out Of The FA Cup

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was at a loss to explain his sides performance in the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.

With a must-win match against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday, Klopp made nine changes to the side that got knocked out of the League Cup in midweek. But his new look side could not recover from a poor first half that saw the Sky Bet Championship side go 2-0 up thanks to goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann.

Divock Origi goal five minutes from time should have set up a nervy final minutes for Wolves, but the Reds never seriously threatened the Wolves goal and as a result suffered their third home defeat in a week for the first time since 1998 to leave their season in tatters.

“A very bad performance,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“It started bad and didn’t get really better. There is not a lot of good things to say about this game. It is difficult, difficult to explain.

“The start gave them immediate confidence. We were not ready. We had the ball, gave it away and made a foul.

“We tried but it was not good enough in the first half. Second half was better, it should be better, but not a lot more to say.

“I’m responsible for it. You learn a lot about players in situations like this. I am responsible for this performance, 100 per cent.”

Stearman headed Wolves ahead inside the first minute and Weimann, on loan from Derby, knocked the wind out of Liverpool’s sails four minutes before half-time.

Although they were forced to hang on at the end as Liverpool pushed for an equaliser, Klopp applauded Paul Lambert’s side for their performance.

“We should not forget Wolverhampton did really well,” the German added.

“They scored the first goal and then defended well, had their counter-attacks and a good plan. We should have played better, so that is a fair result.”

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  • Marvin Mukanaka January 28, 2017, 12:54 pm

    Klopp must go…..
    Let me add that from a tactical point of view, it is clear that Klopp does know what to do when teams just stay in the box and defend. That is really a shame. Even the players have been quoted as saying that teams are staying in the box. I thought that knowing what another team will do gives you ammunition to gun them down. But not with Liverpool. Right now we already know that this is how Chelsea will play as well but we are not going to have an answer. This means we already know that teams defending will beat Liverpool. So why should we keep such a manager?

  • Marvin Mukanaka January 28, 2017, 12:41 pm

    Klopp must go. This has turned out to be a very sad chapter for Liverpool. As a Liverpool fan and lover to the bone I am utterly shuttered by Klopp. From the beginning of the season this man has closed his ears to fans, analysts and advisers over issues in the team that are simple and straightforward. Get a world class goalkeeper, get two world class defenders, a stronger defensive midfielder, and a player who can backup either Courtino or Mane. Non of this has happened. Everything he has insisted will work has not worked. This slump is not new under Klopp. We saw the trend last season. There was always a sign that Klopp’s team tends to collapse, which is why it needed serious upgrade. I am in full support of fans who now want Klopp to leave because of his stubbornness. With these results we might as well have Rodgers as coach. What Klopp was not thinking about is that the defensive lapses would eventually pull down the confidence of every other player, including fans. Now the team is playing under pressure every time. They have lost confidence. All that is because of Klopp’s stubbornness. I said earlier that Klopp needed to use players like Sturridge a lot more often to keep them in good shape for when he needs them badly when other players are injured or off form. That too he neglected to do and made some players feel they were not needed. Now he needs them but lack of confidence has hit everyone in the team. Definitely, Klopp must go and leave us in peace. I now hate the man that I have always loved as a coach. He really has a bad attitude.

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