Jurgen Klopp has taken responsibility for Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Plymouth in the FA Cup 3rd Round yesterday.
The German fielded the youngest Liverpool team of all time, and despite dominating possession and chance count, we failed to break down the stubborn visitors – who defended for their lives.
We now face the prospect of an irritating replay right down on the South Coast, which with two EFL Cup semi-final legs coming up, we could have definitely done without…
“You need to stay cool and patient in situations like this, but it is the biggest challenge in football, to break teams down,” the boss told a press-conference after the game.
“We could have used speed more, we didn’t do it enough, but it is how it is. It is not a problem and we will try again 100%.
“As a manager you make a decision, you guys can criticise but I thought about it before the game and it is all good.
“I don’t know how big Plymouth is, but everyone from Plymouth was in the 18-yard box.
“A replay? Yippee!
“We tried to play, football is like this. Better decision making needed – don’t think line-up was a mistake but am 100% responsible.
“I am really happy that the Liverpool crowd didn’t leave after 60 minutes, I know it was not the most exciting game. It was boring!”
We face the Saints on Wednesday evening, before returning north for a crunch Premier League clash with our biggest rivals Manchester United.
They sit five points behind us, so a loss would really put Jose Mourinho’s men back in the mixer.
Thankfully, we’ll have Coutinho and Joel Matip back available, as well as captain Jordan Henderson.