Following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday, every supporter has been keen to point the finger, but Jurgen Klopp has been much more relaxed about the goals we conceded.
Instead of blaming Loris Karius for his positioning, the German has criticised the team for giving away the freekick in the first place, which came about after losing possession in our own half. On the second, he has accepted that Joel Matip could have maybe done better, as it was the Cameroonian’s error that confused Karius again.
“For the first goal – don’t make the foul, don’t lose the ball,” he told the BBC (cited in the Star).
“The second goal was unlucky. Joel Matip made a fantastic game and in this moment he couldn’t clear the ball. Loris Karius was surprised and it was too late.
“Should Karius have saved the free-kick? For this I have to see it again, I only saw it in the match.”
We tried everything. One West Ham goal was a free-kick and one was lucky.
“They were 2-1 up and we had some great offensive situation and should have more. We tried everything. We were often in the box, a lot of situations.
“So it’s a draw we have to take it. It felt like the whole time we were were in their box. We needed a bit of luck. Draw, doesn’t feel too good. doesn’t feel too bad.
“Similar to last week? No, these games are not comparable. We drew. We are a good football side.
“The goals could have been avoided. That’s how it is in football. Mixed emotions, it’s still a point.”
For us, it’s a little simpler. Karius was simply standing in the wrong place for Payet’s free-kick, despite the fact we shouldn’t have given it away. This isn’t a mistake, necessarily, it’s just poor keeping. On the second, it’s actually harsh to criticise Matip, who was wrong-footed by a huge deflection. Karius chose to come out, but then stopped, making it very easy for Antonio to finish.
The way we started the game it looked like it was going to be a cakewalk, but you could say the same about the Bournemouth game last weekend, in fairness.
That’s five points dropped from winning positions against (on paper) easier sides, so we need to fix up before Wednesday.