In a soundbite that you just know is going to be repeated until the weekend, Jurgen Klopp claimed our defending for Bournemouth’s equaliser last night almost made him throw up.
Liverpool were cruising to a 2-1 win against the Cherries, but with minutes to spare, conceded a sloppy goal that defines our inability to beat small sides.
The boss has ridiculed the moment of madness, but suggested that if his players are capable of doing that, he’s not teaching them right.
“Usually you close the game in one moment, we didn’t, we left it open,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“Then it’s a second ball after a set piece and that made me nearly vomit. That’s of course not nice. We have to take it. It’s my responsibility, all of this, and I have to be clear in this situations. I will find a solution for this.
“When my son does something that is not right, probably I have a big part of the responsibility.
“I should have explained better. It’s a situation that’s not too different.
“I will tell them that they had a part but there’s nothing else to say. I said it earlier in the season: the bad things are my responsibility, the good things are the responsibility of the players. I think that is a fair deal because I have the age to get it.”
The comments are very professional, but it’s hard to really accept that Klopp wasn’t plain furious with his backline.
One primary issue is personal. When one of either Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are not available, we look ropey, and the Cameroonian was unable to start on Wednesday evening.
In the summer, we need to buy a third centre-back who can compete on a level playing-field and above those two – as Ragnar Klavan isn’t up to scratch.