'We gave them': Klopp knows exactly where to place the blame for Liverpool's loss to RB Salzburg
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'We gave them': Klopp knows exactly where to place the blame for Liverpool's loss to RB Salzburg

Jurgen Klopp knows exactly where to put the blame for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to RB Salzburg. The Reds struggled in Austria.

Liverpool faced RB Salzburg in their final ‘serious’ friendly on Wednesday evening. Next up is the Community Shield, of course, and while there is a game with Strasbourg after that, it comes just one day later.

This, then, was the last chance for Liverpool to get sharp before things really heat up. Yes, the Community Shield isn’t the biggest game of the season but it’s a chance for the Reds to lay down a marker against Manchester City.

Things didn’t go right against Salzburg, however. Liverpool conceded in the first half and struggled to take their chances in the second. All in all, not a great night.

And Jurgen Klopp knows where to place the blame for the Reds conceding. The team on the pitch just didn’t guard against the counter-attack properly and it cost them.

“When you play football but you are not connected, you lose the ball, it means there’s always space to use for the counter-attack,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “And that’s what we gave them.

“And that’s what we have to learn. That’s what we know but in the first half maybe we didn’t know it good enough and that’s why we conceded the goal.”

Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to RB Salzburg

Klopp’s disappointment for this one was obvious to those watching. The game plainly didn’t go as planned and Liverpool were lacking in key areas.

It does appear that Klopp has a fix for the scoring woes, though, and the defence needs a bit of context. Liverpool conceded that goal with their second string on the pitch, having started without most of the key first-team players.

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Curtis Jones and Naby Keita were the midfielders, for instance, and that’s largely where the counter-press broke down. Liverpool just didn’t cover themselves properly once they lost the ball, as Klopp says.

And so there are two takeaways there. Firstly, this shouldn’t be a massive problem this season as Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago are counter-pressing experts.

But it also shows how reliant Liverpool still are on those three to play their game properly. Without them on the pitch, the Reds do feel a little bit vulnerable and that could come back to bite them this season.

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