Joel Matip didn’t receive the criticism Dejan Lovren did for the defensive performance against Tottenham, but arguably should have!
The Cameroonian was just as woeful as the substituted Croat, who left the field after half an hour.
However, Liverpool were slightly better this weekend just gone, winning 3-0 at home to Huddersfield – with the clean-sheet almost as important as the win.
“Against Tottenham me and the rest of the team made mistakes and we got criticised. This is what it means to be at a big club, to be a professional footballer,” he told Sky Sports.
“A lot of people are looking, they are waiting, and if we don’t perform we expect them to do this.
“Of course it is tough. Are the criticisms always deserved? I don’t know, maybe.
“We know we had a lot of problems. I made a lot of problems, I was at fault, I made a number of mistakes, and of course I am not happy.
“We know we did it wrong and he (Klopp) didn’t hold back, he said it directly.
“You have to speak about these things directly, honestly, and that is what he did.
“He said it was not good enough – he spoke very honestly about the things that have to change, very directly, but after this he said we carry on and try to prepare for the next game.”
Liverpool have a fixture against Maribor midweek and then a Premier League clash with West Ham next weekend.
Really, we need another two wins, although will be without our two best players in Coutinho and Sadio Mane.
Thankfully, the likes of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino are good enough to put these respective sides to the sword – especially considering what we did to the Slovenians last time out.