Jurgen Klopp firmly believes that Liverpool’s status as one of the Premier League’s most potent attacking forces means they are now regarded as a ‘team to stop’.
“We are a team to stop, unfortunately. The only thing what we have to make sure is that it’s not because of us, that’s what I’m so happy about today.”
The Reds failed to score for only the third time in 12 top-flight outings this season when they were held to a 0-0 draw by a resolute Southampton display on Saturday.
Liverpool spent much of the game at St Mary’s on the front foot, creating a total of 15 attempts on Fraser Forster’s goal. This coupled with that fact that for the first time since their return to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton didn’t have a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Man United game
When comparing the draw to the Man United game Klopp said;
“Last month’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United was different, we were not that good against United,” said the manager. Who, incidently was more than satisfied with his team’s performance at St Mary’s.”
“If we would have played like we did today against United, it’s not that we would have won but we would have had more chances in the game. That’s not a problem.”
“A lot of teams play like this against us, we cannot change what they do. I don’t know what they think, you have to ask them.”
“We said before, that was a concentration battle. Stay in the game, even when it doesn’t work like this, stay in the game, don’t let them attack or counter-attack.”
During the game numerous chances were created. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Emre Can and Nathaniel Clyne were all guilty off spurning an opportunity. Regardless of this Klopp commented: “It’s absolutely no problem, we created enough chances.”
“It’s not my job to talk about the other team, you have probably seen them more often than I did, but the games we watched, even against Chelsea, they were much more offensive in different moments than today.
“We made a lot of pressure, it was only about counter-attacks, a few moments that made it difficult, but in 94 minutes, we were always ready to press them as high as necessary.
“Both full-backs always pushed back and run in the right spaces, so I don’t think they had a lot of fun today, but that’s one job you have to do in a football game.
Finding a way through
Regardless of the 0-0 draw, Liverpool still remain the Premier League’s leading scorers with 30 goals so far this season. Klopp feels it is up to him and his players to find a way of breaking down sides whose top priority is to stifle their creativity.
“Of course we should have scored but I’m really fine with the result, that’s how it is, and more with the performance.
“It’s not about that they have respect or something, everybody wants to win.
“If we play this kind of football, it would be crazy to give us space, so why should they do that? We have to work on this, it’s our job to do, the players and all the staff, it’s never easy.
“We cannot only play counter-attack, we cannot only play high press, we have to be prepared for everything.”
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