‘People say they saw it coming. Congratulations, I didn’t’: Jurgen Klopp left shocked as Liverpool’s unbeaten streak ends against Watford but admits Reds ‘just weren’t good enough’
- Liverpool conceded three second half goals in a miserable display on Saturday
- Defeat saw the Reds’ 44-game unbeaten Premier League run come to an end
- Jurgen Klopp says Watford deserved win and that his side made mistakes
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he didn’t see his side’s unbeaten run coming to an end against Watford after their shock 3-0 defeat on Saturday.
Two second half goals from Ismaila Sarr and a Troy Deeney strike brought the Reds’ 44-game unbeaten Premier League streak to an unexpected halt.
Klopp was asked if he could sense a league defeat was on the horizon following the recent Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid but insists he couldn’t.
Jurgen Klopp admitted he didn’t see his side’s defeat to Watford coming after shock 3-0 loss
The impressive Ismaila Sarr scored twice and exposed a vulnerable Liverpool defence
Troy Deeney gave Dejan Lovren a troublesome afternoon and capped display with a goal
‘No (we didn’t see this result coming) it’s normal. A lot of people will say that but congratulations, I didn’t.
‘The boys have already so many records and you cannot get a record because you want it – the record is the result of the performance and we didn’t perform today.
‘We can’t be the best ever Premier League team because tonight we just weren’t good enough. Maybe we can set another record in the future.’
Watford enjoyed the better of the first half after creating several good chances to score but failed to capitalise on their dominance.
Klopp says Liverpool simply weren’t good enough and deserved to lose at Vicarage Road
But despite Liverpool adjusting their shape in the second half, Watford continued to create chances with ease and eventually made the Reds pay.
‘The message was to pass quicker, move, mix the formation up, things like that,’ says Klopp. They defended with 6-3-1 but we didn’t use the half spaces, we weren’t flexible enough tonight.
‘It was clear we’d lose at some point and it was tonight. I prefer losing a game you don’t perform that well – if you lose at your highest level then it’s difficult to explain. We can talk about this one a lot.’
The German says he would rather lose after a bad display than a top performance
Liverpool were without Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez for the trip to Vicarage Road but Klopp refused to make excuses and praised Watford’s performance.
‘We weren’t good enough, easy as that. Watford did exactly what they wanted to do. First half, lots of running, second balls, we had more of the ball but didn’t cross or pass in the right moment.
‘Our positioning wasn’t right and at half-time we adjusted, we started better but then conceded goals before we could benefit from it.’
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