‘Why ask the question then?’ – Klopp salty in response to individual Liverpool mistakes


Jurgen Klopp was typically salty in response to a question about Liverpool’s individual mistakes in their 2-1 defeat to Leeds on Sunday.

Crysencio Summerville scored a last-gasp winner at Anfield to hand Liverpool their fourth defeat of the season and their first home loss for 19 months.

Mohamed Salah had levelled for the Reds after Joe Gomez gifted Rodrigo the opener.

Illan Meslier pulled off several top saved to deny Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp’s side looked fallible throughout and the result leaves them eight points off the top four after 12 games.

Liverpool’s all-round display was well short of what we saw last season, but Gomez’s error, as well as the defending (or lack of it) from Virgil van Dijk for Leeds’ winner, were examples of individuals costing Klopp’s side.

It’s not clear from the Football Daily clip what Klopp was asked by the reporter, but it appeared to be something about whether the poor results Liverpool are now getting are down to individual errors as much as the team’s display as a whole.

Klopp responded: “The team performance is always a summation of individual performances. It’s always the same, it’s never different, so how could it be different?”

“I don’t know,” the reporter said.

“Why you ask the question then?” asked Klopp. “It’s of course because of that.”

Clarifying his question, the reporter said: “I suppose what I’m asking, is it a unity thing, a team thing, or is it not solvable on the training pitch because its individuals?”

Klopp responded: “You can see that we have very good moments like a lot of parts of the game, but all over it’s not enough.

“Again if you don’t finish situations off you leave it open. We can watch this game completely and you cannot defend like we defend around the second goal. It’s just not possible, but we did.

“It happened anyway, and that’s why we lost.”

On whether Liverpool can recover from their loss to Leeds, Klopp added: “We have to bring our quality on to the pitch and we fight against it. We had problems from the first day, injury wise.

“Players have had to play from the first day. It’s our situation and it means we have to help ourselves, and that is what we will do.”

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