Speaking after Liverpool lost 3-0 to Brighton on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp went so far as to say he couldn’t remember the worst performance of any team.
Here are the key moments of Klopp’s post-Brighton press conference…
The worst performance he can remember… not just at Liverpool.
This is a kind of claim.
The boss says his team’s performance was the worst he can remember, and not just in the Liverpool team.
Dark, dark times.
“I’m not sure if it’s because the game was just a few minutes ago, but I can’t remember a worse game,” Klopp said.
“I honestly can’t. And I mean everyone, not just Liverpool. I can’t remember.
“And this is my responsibility. That makes it a very low point at the moment.”
Changing the system had the opposite effect
Liverpool started the game in a different scheme, different from Klopp’s usual 4-3-3 scheme.
Tiago was positioned a little higher in midfield, which was more like a 4-2-3-1 scheme, but Liverpool could not get close to Brighton.
The boss said he thought the change would have been good for them, but it wasn’t that far off.
“We were trying to help the boys with a slightly different organization,” the boss explained.
“I actually thought it might work out pretty well. We had moments when we put pressure on them, but in all situations when we won the ball, we lost it too easily.
“This is the main problem. Nothing ever worked out for us.”
“Totally my responsibility”
So what exactly is Liverpool wrong about? Everywhere, you say.
Klopp says Liverpool’s fall at the Amex was largely due to the same problems he pointed out during last week’s draw with Wolves and he says he bears full responsibility.
“The problems are the same as last week, what we talked about, we don’t win key battles on the field, in key tasks and give the ball away too easily,” he added.
“It makes it difficult to organize a defense against losing balls that you shouldn’t lose. It’s not easy.
“But this is entirely my responsibility, because I had an idea with another formation, and it didn’t work. I’m sorry.”
The end of this command?
One journalist had the audacity to ask Klopp if he thought a team that had been so exceptional in the last few years was now a thing of the past, pointing to the departure of players like Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Joel Matip in the second half. .
And the boss didn’t exactly reject this offer in his response:
“It’s our fault that you can ask this question. I understand…
“Who else had the best season for us? Difficult, eh?
“We have to make sure that you can’t ask this question anymore, and that’s obviously our job.”