Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool are no longer playing as a team after their 4-1 loss to Napoli in the Champions League and has urged his side to “reinvent themselves” as soon as possible.
The Reds have had their worst start in Southern Italy in their Champions League group stage campaign. Penalties from Piotr Zielinski and goals from André his Frank Zamboangisa and Giovanni saw last season’s runners-up lose him 3–0 at half time. Simeone.
That three-goal gap could have been four had it not been for Alisson Becker’s saving Victor Osimmen’s first-half penalty, but Napoli found the fourth as Zielinski slammed home just after half-time. . Luis Diaz’s consolation goal was little more than a small resurgence spark.
Klopp’s Liverpool have won just two of their seven games in all competitions this season, and the German believes his side needs to do better “almost all”.
“It was really hard to take, but I don’t think it’s that hard to explain,” Klopp said. BT sports. “First, Napoli played really well, but we didn’t. That’s the first explanation for the defeat. The two penalties we conceded were both a bit unlucky.
“The next two goals we conceded were handed to them on the plate.
“We weren’t compact either defensively or offensively. With Alisson scoring goals, we have to do really badly to concede three goals.” [in the first half]I could see it on the pitch. We weren’t working as a team. That’s why we lose the game.”
Liverpool’s next game is against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp thinks he should ‘laugh’ at the possibility of Bruno Large’s team playing by his side.
“We have to reinvent ourselves,” added the Reds manager. “There are a lot of things that are missing in every game, but the funny thing is that we have to do it in the middle of the Premier League season and the Champions League campaign. Almost everything needs a better set-up. is. .”
“We have three days to go against the Wolves. If they saw that game tonight, they’d laugh and say it was the perfect moment.”
Klopp: No sacking like Tuchel – owner calm
The Liverpool manager also reacted to Chelsea’s sacking of Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday night, leaving the Blues one point ahead of Klopp’s side in the Premier League.
Klopp admits he doesn’t expect to be under pressure the way Tuchel was, despite Chelsea and Liverpool enduring similar early seasons, and says he has the full support of the Reds’ hierarchy. Stated.
When asked if he was worried about his own future after Tuchel was fired Wednesday, Klopp said: “No, but who knows?
“The difference is their [Chelsea’s owners] different types of owners. Our owner is pretty chill and expects me to sort the situation out and doesn’t think it should be sorted out by someone else. “
Liverpool’s car looks broken in Napoli
It was a tough day for the German manager, who won the Champions League in the Premier League, but although Thomas Tuchel’s troubles at Chelsea are over, Jürgen Klopp’s problems continue after Liverpool lost 4-1 to Napoli. Concerned.
The result was comparable to the club’s biggest defeat in the Champions League, and could have been worse. Alisson saved a penalty in the first half and Virgil van Dijk cleared from near the line. Substitutions for Napoli were futile in the closing stages.
There were individual errors to be warned about. Joe Gomez made his three blunders and went crazy at halftime. Trent Alexander-Arnold seems to see it as an affront to his creative instincts of smearing himself with chase runners.
However, it was the fourth starting defender who summed up the problems faced by his fellow defenders in his ensuing remarks. “We were miles open,” explained Andy Robertson. “You can’t come to a place like this unless it’s compact.”
Mocking Klopp’s high defensive line is the lack of pressure on the ball, and the problem facing the Liverpool manager is a bit more complicated than simply switching defensive staff, as he did when he sent Joel Matip. means that
At their best, Liverpool are team machines, and systems are as much a source of their strength as individual qualities. The system collapses and suddenly once-arrogant individuals find themselves in dire conditions.
As Klopp saw, Liverpool’s midfield was too wide. Harvey Elliott wonders if he’ll make them more open as his performance has been encouraging. I feel that it is not easy to
But there is also hope that a solution will be found. Klopp pointed out that it wasn’t until a fit Thiago emerged from the bench that the kind of counter-pressing situation he loves to see from his side began to happen. That would make Liverpool a better team.
Diogo Jota will take time to find the best form as he recovers from injury, but his ability to search for the ball high up the pitch has also been lost. Liverpool can start pressing again. increase.
The challenge now is to fix this team on the fly in a crowded calendar. The Wolves will travel to Anfield on Saturday and will be visited by Ajax on Tuesday. Identifying the problem is easy for Klopp. Corrections must be made quickly to avoid the topic of crisis.