“It was not enough from my team today,” Jurgen Klopp is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“The decisive moments we were there, but we were not there 100 per cent. We could have done much better. We had our moments, we tried, but if you fight at 95 per cent then it’s not enough.
“It’s my responsibility. I’m angry about myself today.”
They were the Liverpool manager’s post-match comments after a 2-0 Premier League defeat at West Ham United yesterday. But shouldn’t he be angry at his players instead for their indifferent form?
Here, CaughtOffside picks out five Reds who are currently letting down Klopp and their fans…
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The Belgian should have been buzzing around Upton Park yesterday after two winning goals in two games, but his movement was lazy and he lacked the energy and fight that Klopp demands. Needs to start showing consistently why the Reds paid £32.5m for him – fee reported by Sky Sports.
Klopp knows the Brazilian from his time in the Bundesliga and has made him one of the centrepieces of his Liverpool team. But the £29m signing – fee reported by BBC Sport – has not rewarded such faith. He had one great showing against Manchester City, but has otherwise failed to impress.
The 27-year-old has not even been good enough to hold down a regular place in the side. He has yet to score in the league this season and only has three assists to his name. That’s a really poor return for an England international with plenty of Premier League experience and there is simply no excuse.
The French defender has been very shaky since returning from injury at Watford last month. He had a torrid time against Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney at Vicarage Road and was a liability against the Hammers yesterday as well. With Martin Skrtel unavailable, Klopp needs Sakho to step up pronto.
When a team is below par, it needs its best players to step up and drag them to a result. Coutinho is undoubtedly Liverpool’s star man, but he has not been doing that. He is without a goal since his return from injury in December and his influence on the team has wained as he fights to return to form.
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