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All is well – Jurgen Klopp explains Liverpool criticism and dismisses training ground issue



Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to question the body language of some of his players after last week’s FA Cup defeat to Brighton

Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions of an attitude problem at his Liverpool side as he explained his recent criticisms of their body language.

The Reds boss raised eyebrows immediately after last Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round exit to Brighton and Hove Albion as he questioned the actions of some of his players.

He has sparked debate over whether those issues have contributed to a disappointing campaign in which Liverpool will try to end a three-game Premier League run without a win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

But while Klopp downplays those talks, Klopp has urged his team to build a more positive mindset after succumbing to an injury-time winner last weekend.

“There are many things I don’t like and we need to improve, but body language in training is not a problem,” said the Liverpool manager. “We hope that our training will still be useful and useful. I would like as a player to have these sessions.

If you can’t have fun anymore, your career is too long, let’s put it this way. We don’t have these problems.

“Good times have to make kids feel good too. You have to realize, “Oh, it’s okay.” So we can start over, start over and I don’t know if we’re still there.

So it’s as if Liverpool were flying, winning 3-0 or 4-0, it’s very, very far in the head but it’s still there. These are human issues.”

However, Klopp reiterated his displeasure with the way his Liverpool side reacted in the dying moments of last weekend, including Andy Robertson’s tackle which led to Brighton’s winning goal and Fabinho’s challenge, which the PGMOL panel of referees later admitted resulting in a red card instead of a yellow.

“I don’t like the tough duels we’ve had in the last few minutes, to be honest,” the Reds manager said. “You can blame me a lot, but none of my teams have ever been known for harder tackling in the Premier League. I really want my boys to win the ball, but I want them to win the ball and not hit anyone’s leg. It will happen, my God this is football and these things can happen.

“But not because you’re not in the best of moods – ‘I solve my problems by kicking someone else’s ass.’ I hate that. And that’s part of the body language, so it’s 1-1 and the game goes on and you have to fight.”

Klopp added: “There was a situation before we conceded the free kick (for the winning goal) where three players failed to support the defense and that was something I will never love in my life and that didn’t like it day.

But body language usually isn’t a problem. Now within moments I didn’t like it anymore, it’s true.

“I’m not a big loser, even though we’ve lost a lot of games I haven’t become a fantastic loser. We have these emotions and before I can handle anything I have to be outside and talking to the media and that doesn’t help either.

That’s why everything I say right after the game is not the real truth, you only realize it in the last seconds.”