'I am': Jurgen Klopp insists he's actually happy that Liverpool dropped points against Fulham today
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'I am': Jurgen Klopp insists he's actually happy that Liverpool dropped points against Fulham today

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he’s ‘happy’ that Liverpool dropped points against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking in his post-match press conference via liverpoolfc.com, Klopp said that his team deserved to be punished for their poor performance.

“I know we could’ve won the game, that wouldn’t have made our performance a little bit better, but we could have, but it would have been too much today,” said the Liverpool manager.

“I am happy for the punishment we got with losing two points, if you want. I know you can see that differently – Fulham might say as well they lost two points – but that’s how football is.”

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No more punishment please, Reds

You can understand Klopp’s point of view here. Liverpool’s performance didn’t warrant them winning the three points at Craven Cottage.

Right from the get-go they were second best as Fulham squeezed and harried them in possession.

Had Liverpool won the game, the bad display might have been forgotten. That could lead to bad habits and complacency creeping in as the player’s get away with being below-par. Instead, The Reds’ are now left to stew over their deficiencies.

That’s all well and good. But as we’ve seen over the last few years, Premier League’s can be lost on razor-thin margins. Should Liverpool fall just short again, this will be a game which is looked back on as a real missed opportunity.

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Of course, such thoughts should be far away on matchday one of the new season. But such is the standard at the top of the league now, you can barely afford to drop a point.

Liverpool have already relinquished two on the ground of a newly promoted side. As good as Fulham were, there’s no excuse for a team as good as Liverpool to be so easily second-best.

Klopp will expect a reaction from his players and he usually gets one. Liverpool have a little while to wait to put things right, though.

Their next game is under the lights at Anfield next Monday. Crystal Palace are the visitors, and Liverpool simply have to win to avoid a damaging start to the campaign. No more punishment please Reds.

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