Jurgen Klopp gave the perfect response to Liverpool losing 4-0 to Manchester United on Tuesday. The Reds started pre-season poorly.
Liverpool didn’t exactly plan on being thrashed by Manchester United to kick-off their pre-season. That’s exactly what happened, though, as the team walked away with a 4-0 defeat.
The story, really, is that United took their chances and Liverpool failed to. The stats tell that story very well, in fact, as Opta tweeted at full-time.
Liverpool had more of the ball, twice as many shots and a higher xG in the game. The scoreline didn’t really care for that, though, and the Reds got a hiding.
Still, Jurgen Klopp addressed the result after the game in a perfect way. The boss knows this wasn’t the end of the world and Liverpool got what they needed out of the game.
“We gave massive chances away, pretty much,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “Pretty much no-brainers, but United did well in these moments, they finished the situations off.
“We admit that, but that’s it pretty much. The most important thing now after the game, even when I hate losing, everybody has 30 minutes in their legs now, for some on the third day of training [that’s] really harsh but that’s the life of a professional football player.
“So now we can work with that and will work with that.”
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Klopp isn’t exactly new to this and we’d expect nothing less than the ideal response to such a result. He knows full well that a big defeat in pre-season means virtually nothing. This was just a sign that Liverpool have some work to do in order to be at their best.
So there’s nothing to really worry about here. Liverpool will rebound as they always do and Klopp knows it. The important thing is that the players kicked off their pre-season and are on the right path to fitness.