Reds' Klopp furious over missed handball
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jan 29, 2017,
Jan 29, 2017, 0:55
"Absolutely not. I said something like this a second ago [in another interview], if we would doubt the way we are after these little, little problems we've had now, it would really be a unusual thing", Klopp is quoted as saying by Liverpool's website.
He then said there was another fair shout for a spot kick as Divock Origi went down following a challenge by Jack Stevens.
Struggling without Sadio Mane, with the winger away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal, Klopp has failed to find a solution in attack, with injury to Coutinho only making matters worse.
"The ref did not see the handball of Long and it does not help in a game like this", Klopp told BBC Sport.
"It's not that I say there's no chance until Tuesday to make a real turn".
Only one win in seven games against a League 2 side has left confidence at a season low but Klopp doesn't think it is "that serious". Is it my job to get a fine afterwards?
"I am responsible and I feel really responsible for this performance because I thought we could do better". That's how it is.
"That's two situations that would have been enough - two penalties, [James] Milner [scores] and it's 2-0 and we don't talk about anything else".
Having have plundered the Saints for five players at a cost of 91 million pounds ($115 million) in transfer fees since 2014, Liverpool might have expected to have the edge over 180 minutes of knockout football. (Except maybe José Mourinho.) The buck stops with the manager, ultimately, and Klopp was prepared to take it on the chin after his side suffered three defeats in as many competitions in a week- a sharp contrast from their imperious nearly-undefeated form in the first half of the season.
"For me, as a coach, it's very important the way we chose to create and it was absolute OK". I don't think I'd fancy going in goal again, the main thing that struck me was that when you play in goal, you can't affect the game at all.
Liverpool are in fourth place in the table.
After the defeat to Southampton, Klopp, in the post-match interview on Sky Sports, bristled in his responses, insisting that they have lost that match and the previous league game to Swansea because they did not take their chances.
"Absolutely not", he said. I can see a lot of moments when we really still believe in our skills and all that stuff. Instead of signing one or two more attacking mids/wingers in the summer/current window, Klopp decided he'd rely on players like Lallana to deliver the goods, and that is now backfiring.More news: Bakery Donates Profits From Trump's Plagiarized Cake to LGBT Group