Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool to respond to their worst bid at Anfield when they host Ajax on Tuesday after he presented “four or five days of absolute truth” after Napoli defeat.
Time has not dampened the Liverpool manager’s assessment of last Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat in Napoli. Klopp admitted it was a defensive mess that caused everyone involved, including himself, to ask questions, and left him in a difficult position. He insists that Liverpool must react with a united and strong performance to start the match Champions League Campaign.
“I watched the game a few times and it was a real horror show, to be honest,” said Klopp, who will be without injured Andy Robertson until the international break. “It was the worst game we’ve played since I was here. We’ve had some bad games – everyone remembers Aston Villa [beating his side 7-2] And some others we weren’t aware of about speed in, but there were always glimpses into these games. In this particular game: nothing.
“Eight out of the 11 were below their level and the other three were not at the top level, just a normal match. In football like this you can solve all the individual problems as a team and that is the first thing we have to do, to follow the shared ideas again. Everything we did Since I’m here and everything my football team does is based on a really strong if not perfect defense. That’s where it all starts and that’s what we had to work on.”
Klopp admits that Napoli’s performance has put him in the rare position of questioning Liverpool’s players, and he has not held back in recent days, when training has focused on basic defensive principles. As Joel Matip said: “Sometimes it hurts but in a good team, and I think we are, you can talk about these facts. Everyone knows we have to improve.”
Klopp said: “Did you ask the players? Generally, no. In this case, yes. I know the players want to sort out the situation: we haven’t overextended our season yet. In this game, it looked like everyone wanted to solve the problem themselves, and that didn’t give us that structure. necessary to work together.
“There are four or five days of the ultimate truth now. We didn’t hide anything, we didn’t hold back on anything, we just said it like it is. Not to drop players or anything else, just to make sure that what we’re up to now is the starting point for us and make sure that We solve problems together on the pitch.”
Klopp added: “Is this the situation you wanted? No. But now you’re in it and you find it fun and challenging. I’ve watched the game a few times and would have asked a lot of questions about the people, the manager and the specific players. That’s totally fine but it can’t be our biggest problem in this. moment and we have to respond.”