Jurgen Klopp said the Watford game would be tough and on top of that, he didn’t get the one thing he asked for.
“This game will be tough. I said it, 100 per cent, you will see it. I don’t want to say it and then we will win there 6-0 – it will not happen.”
He also said something else in that press conference. “We just have to fight for each inch of grass in that game again and if we do that, we are difficult to play,” he said. “If we are difficult to play, we have a chance to win. If we have a chance to win, we should use it.”
That wasn’t a prediction but a call for Liverpool’s winning method. He didn’t get it, though.
Watford bullied Liverpool and the Reds were anything but ‘difficult to play’. They were quite easy to play, in fact, as Liverpool looked weak in their defending of all three goals.
Now, we felt this result was coming. Liverpool have looked soft at the back for a few games now and it was inevitable that their attack wouldn’t keep up one week.
But this was an example of how when Liverpool don’t deliver their core principle, they can fall apart. While Watford were brilliant, it still shouldn’t be that easy.
In fact, Watford being brilliant should just make the game close – rather than an entirely one-sided affair.
The hope, of course, is that the game serves as a reminder for the Reds. You can’t just take your eye of things, you can’t let up and you can’t expect to win even against the team in 19th. Klopp wants that fight in every game but didn’t get it at Watford.
They’ve been so good at maintaining focus and drive this season. It’s unfortunate that the run has come to and end but hopefully, it can get them back on track ahead of Atletico Madrid next month.