Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made a frustrated figure after criticizing his team’s inability to score goals while lamenting a ‘completely unnecessary’ moment that crippled his side.
Liverpool suffered their fourth straight loss at home for the first time since 1923.
The 2-0 victory was Everton’s first at Anfield since 1999 and left Liverpool with a mountain to climb in their efforts to secure a Champions League spot for next season.
The Reds’ heads did not fall throughout the contest. But a familiar instability in the rear and a lack of edge up front once again reared their ugly heads.
Talk to TBEN Sport After the game, Klopp said: “It’s (hard to take) but we conceded that early goal which was completely unnecessary and have to defend it better.
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“We had to chase the game and did it well creatively, we created some in the first half and even more in the second half but we did not finish our situations.
“We made a mistake in the first half and they used it, I don’t like to talk about good things today because we are losing the game and we feel it deeply, I have to use it tomorrow and that is our lifeline to keep Going.
“We have to improve the finish and then we will win football matches.
“Decisive margins, to score a goal, you have to create a situation and end it. There is no other alternative but to continue.
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“You concede what’s not cool, lose Jordan Henderson who isn’t cool and I think the boys handled the problem really well, could they handle it better?” Perhaps. We will continue. “
Regarding the decision to award a penalty for a collision between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Calvert-Lewin which divided opinion, Klopp added: “I haven’t seen him again, but the kind of questions that being asked about it gives me the feeling that it might have been decided differently.
“If the VAR calls the referee on the screen, then maybe he saw it a little wrong. He didn’t need a second, he looked and left. If you think it wasn’t a penalty, you have to say we can’t change it anymore.
On Jordan Henderson’s injury, Klopp concluded to Sky Sports: “It’s in the region of his groin and his kidnapper. It’s not good. It’s like that. The rest, we’ll find out tomorrow.
“We cannot play the victim” – Wijnaldum
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum also addressed the press, saying Sky Sports: “You know what the derby means for the club, the supporters, the players – it means a lot and defeat is very painful.
“The first goal we conceded, we tried to keep possession when the long ball came instead of clearing it. In the first few minutes you should take less risk, a pass through the defense and they scored. One more chance after that and we were the better team.
“Losing players during the season has upset us a lot. We cannot play the victim, we have to face the situation and not feel sorry for ourselves. You have to give until the end of the season, it’s painful and we could see it on the faces of the players. This is the situation we find ourselves in right now and we have to face it.
“Winning games in the Premier League is always difficult and injuries don’t make it easy, we still have a team that can make a difference and we have to work harder to make a difference.”