Between The Lines: Jurgen Klopp rues missed opportunity

Liverpool failed to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday. Ultimately, Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasers had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

After the match, Klopp was clearly regretful that his side had failed to claim what might have been a crucial three points.

What he said

After the match, the German coach told Sky Sports, as quoted by the BBC, that “on days when United are beatable you have to do it…We expect to play better football. It is a point at United and everybody feels it could have been more.”

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The Reds failed to create a great number of goalscoring opportunities against United, and generally lacked rhythm, invention and incision in their play. 

Whilst they’re still top of the league, a single point ahead of reigning champions Manchester City, they face tough tests against in-form Watford and bitter local rivals Everton this week.

A warning

Klopp’s comments suggests that he is aware of the significance of the points his side dropped against the Red Devils. He will know that this is a draw that Liverpool might live to regret. 

His squad should read these comments as a warning. The need for Liverpool to remain focused is now more intense than ever. The Reds cannot afford many, if any, more disappointments likes this if they’re to finally become Premier League champions this season.

The pressure of the title race is cranking up with every passing round of fixtures. The signs of nervousness are starting to show at Anfield in the shape of lacklustre, toothless performances. Klopp must act quickly to restore calm and confidence amongst his ranks, before it’s too late.