Klopp on set pieces and Mohamed Salah

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Jürgen Klopp has revealed what he said to Mo Salah to help him improve on his full Liverpool debut while admitting his side’s set piece defending needs work. 

Jürgen Klopp was not a happy man as Liverpool squandered their hard fought lead in the dying seconds against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds had fought back from 1-0 down and later 2-1 down to be 3-2 ahead after a goal apiece from lightning front three Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino but poor defending from a set piece – and a lack of help from the officials – cost them for the second time in the game.

“They didn’t create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, ‘Oh, it was a set-piece’,” Klopp said, reluctantly recognising his side’s fault.

“We defended most of them really well, but at the end is it enough if we concede one goal? No. We have to work on it but for us different things are important, the physicality in the beginning – not ready for these things. That can happen on the first match-day.”

The manager was evidently frustrated at his side only being able to turn up for the second period and voiced his further annoyance at the work of the officials as Watford’s equaliser should not have stood with Britos standing in an offside position.

“No direction in the first half but much better in the second half. Playing football but it leads to nothing. There are a lot of things to work on. We had our moments, then we conceded an offside goal. That’s really not fun.

“You cannot watch the situation and not be sure if it was offside.”

The manager also revealed what he said to Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to help the Reds’ record signing turn his debut around after a less than impressive first half.

“He won the penalty and scored a goal even though it wasn’t the most difficult goal of his life,” said the Reds boss.

“It was a perfect ball from Dejan and fantastic control from Roberto, a sensational chip and Salah was there to finish the situation.

“At the beginning, everybody could see he struggled a bit up against Holebas who is really strong. He was a bit too much on the wing, we spoke about it (at half-time) and in the second half he was much better. He needs to get in the space behind and it’s easier for us to play football.”


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