Jurgen Klopp will harbour some serious frustrations with Liverpool’s performance against Everton. The boss picked out four problems.
Liverpool finally found their way to a 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday afternoon – but it was a struggle. The Reds laboured in the first half, struggling to find any fluidity and failing to register a single shot on target.
Jurgen Klopp certainly wasn’t happy with Liverpool’s performance and said as much after the game.
“A football game has two halves,” he told Sky Sports. “We needed that today, a little bit, and that’s fine.
“First half, we just didn’t play ‘extremely well’ – let me say it like this. If you don’t pass quick enough, if you don’t accelerate in the right moments, if you don’t offer runs in behind, if you don’t pass in behind.
“There were a lot of things we could improve.”
That about sums up what Liverpool were like in that first half. The players just didn’t deliver what you’d expect from them, while they allowed Everton to play the game in their own way. It needed to change and, fortunately, it did.
Liverpool looked better in that second half and a double substitution from Klopp essentially change the game. He swapped the system to a 4-2-4, effectively, and added more firepower up top. That led to both goals and the Reds had their points.
But even with the win, Klopp has got to be seriously frustrated with what he saw here.
Jurgen Klopp sees problems with Liverpool
This match was the beginning of a ridiculously tough week. Villarreal visit Anfield on Wednesday, after all, and then Liverpool face Newcastle under 72 hours later. It’ll all test Klopp to his limit as he attempts to manage his squad and keep players fit.
And that’s what’s so frustrating about the Everton game. Instead of being able to lower the intensity or rotate players properly, Liverpool played an intense 90 minutes at Anfield. But the second half showed just how dominant they could have been.
The Reds would have been able to lower the tempo and rotate for long periods of the game – but their lacklustre first half didn’t allow for that. They needed to compete with intensity for the entire game instead, and that could mean feeling the effects come Wednesday.
The most irritating part of it is that, as Klopp says, Liverpool just weren’t doing things they usually do. It was sub-par all around and unexpectedly so. The team won’t quite be as fresh as they’d have liked against Villarreal as a result.