Jurgen Klopp knows what went wrong as Liverpool sunk to a 4-3 defeat to Hertha BSC on Thursday. The boss knows how to fix things.
Jurgen Klopp gave a very interesting interview on Thursday after Liverpool’s pre-season defeat to Hertha BSC. He knew exactly what went wrong.
It was a hell of a game, in truth. Just about every goal was special in its own way – from both sides. Liverpool certainly had plenty of positive moments, too, as we outlined here.
But things can’t be perfect when you conceded three times to a midtable team. So what exactly went wrong?
Klopp on Hertha defeat
“First goal, unnecessary free-kick, then a tricky situation – Caoimhin [Kelleher] knows probably that he can come, stuff like this,” Klopp explained to Liverpoolfc.com. “Second goal, no challenge from Kostas [Tsimikas], ball inside, then worldie.
“Jovetic came on and obviously the situation with the cross, [Andy Robertson] is in the situation but [Curtis Jones] has to be there, two-v-one situation, avoid the cross. When the ball is in the air it’s difficult, a little misjudgement from the centre-half, that’s it.
“Then the fourth goal, a counter-attack. It’s like it always is but we have to get there again and it’s fine. Really good moments.
“We have to get much more compact in all situations as a formation. We have still a job to do obviously. We are sometimes really too far away from each other and that’s why they can play football there and we don’t get a proper feeling.”
It’s rare to see a manager just outright say where the team went wrong on each goal – especially naming players like this. We imagine Klopp is taking advantage of it being a pre-season game to call people out.
The encouraging things, of course, is that Klopp knows what went wrong and how to fix it. It suggests there isn’t much to worry about.
And in truth, these are all small things. The team needs to be slightly tighter, certain players need to be more focused – all things Liverpool will have right in a few weeks.
Hopefully, we’ll see a clear improvement over the final three friendlies. But the big takeaway here is that Klopp clearly has things covered.