Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that his players did not give 100 per cent effort against West Ham and admitted that he was angered by the visitors lack of fight at times.
Goals from Michail Antonio and former Red Andy Carroll gave the Hammers a deserved 2-0 win at the Boleyn Ground, which is a blow to the Merseyside club’s ambitions of finishing in the top four this term.
Liverpool find themselves in eighth place as a result and remain five points adrift of the top four – something that could increase if Tottenham get a positive result at Everton today.
Klopp has stated that his players need to apply themselves better and feels that West Ham outfought his side in the defeat.
“We could have done much better. Everybody saw we had these two moments [West Ham goals] – we have the set-plays, the throw-in and their shot that hit the post,” the told the club’s official website.
“We had our moments, we played football and we tried – and that’s what we have to do. But if you don’t fight, if you fight in these moments not with 100 per cent but with 95 per cent, it’s not enough.
“We have to defend this and we can play football. 0-0, you play football and then you will have your chances. We didn’t and that’s our fault.”
Liverpool have been inconsistent during Klopp’s short tenure at Anfield, showing they can beat the division’s best but also falling to disappointing defeats.
The Reds now face Stoke in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup in midweek, travelling to the Britannia Stadium for the first leg.