Jurgen Klopp admits there are no positives to talk about after Liverpool’s crushing 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.
The Reds boss watched on in dismay as his defence was bullied by a Harry Kane-led Spurs attack, which dished out some revengeful punishment having been on the wrong end of similar scorelines against Liverpool in the past.
Klopp has slammed his team’s defending for the hosts’ opening two goals and claimed he could have done a better job of stopping them.
Discussing the first goal, Klopp said: “Unbelievably easy to defend,” as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
As for the second, he added: “We all know Dejan (Lovren) would usually make that header.”
“Third goal was another present, you can’t get results with a performance like today. It’s my responsibility.”
“I don’t want to say anything positive today.”
“If I was on the pitch in trainers their first goal wouldn’t have happened.”
Damning words from a man likely to come under question, yet again, for his decision not to sign a centre-back in the summer transfer window.
Dejan Lovren will also now find himself on the familiar hot-seat after almost single-handedly gifting Tottenham a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes.
It has to be a turning point from a defensive point of view, in terms of triggering the manager to reconsider his system and also reconsider the personnel he is putting his faith in.
After Sunday’s performance, few would argue with a goalkeeping change, few would argue with Joe Gomez being handed a run of games at centre-back, few would argue with Klopp moving to a back five.
Something has to give.