Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool to restore factory settings and get their Treble bid back on track at Chelsea tomorrow night.
The Kop's hopes of going through a whole Premier League campaign unbeaten went up in smoke with a shock 3-0 defeat at lowly Watford .
And manager Klopp shrugged off the disappointment of a horror show at Vicarage Road by insisting: “We can start again.”
Liverpool kissed goodbye to a record-equalling 18 consecutive wins, a 44-match unbeaten run going back to January 2019, dropped points for only the second time this season and failed to score for the first time in 36 league games.
But despite glaring evidence to the contrary, Klopp claimed they had not breezed into Watford with glib complacency, saying: “We’ve never estimated the situation wrongly. We never thought it’s easy.
“These boys are working constantly, extremely hard. If you win, do it in the right manner and if you lose, take it like a man – but defeat feels exceptionally average.
“From time to time, if you are not good enough, so you need to restart. Maybe the longer the (unbeaten) run goes, it becomes more important.
“But now it is over. We can start again with whatever we did before – and we will. We cannot say now we will react in this way or that. We have to show it in the next games.
“You cannot win the amount of games the boys have done if they are easily influenced by the outside world, and we will see how they react but I don’t know because I’ve never won 18 games in a row and didn’t lose 44. First time in my life. How they react we shall see.”
Asked if the error-strewn display might prove a timely kick up the backside ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup fifth round tie at Chelsea and next week's Champions League return leg with Atletico Madrid, Klopp shrugged: “Yeah, why not? Why not?
“But none of us has just lost for the first time in our lives. We know how it feels. Still you don’t want to have it. The reaction you can hope for. We shall see in the next games.”
Defender Andy Robertson offered a humble apology to Liverpool fans for the manner in which their 'Invincibles' dream evaporated, saying: “It’s up to us to now show that this defeat hurts and put a run together that will crown us champions.”
Source: Read Full Article