“Napoli defeat was a real horror show” – Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken concerning last week’s Champions League defeat to Napoli and says it was his “worst game” since being appointed Reds manager.
Klopp has now taken charge of 389 games for the stuttering Merseyside giants since arriving in October 2015, and the 55-year-old believes that last week’s defeat was the worst of the bunch so far.
Speaking to reporters at Monday’s press conference, Klopp said: “We had a meeting with the players – I have watched the Napoli game back many times – it was a real horror show.
“It was the worst game we’ve played since I’ve been here. You have to understand why that happened. Eight out of 11 were absolutely below their level, the rest not on their top level, just a normal game. We have to follow a common idea again.
“How can you get confidence in football? By winning challenges. We all have to realise it starts with defending and that’s what we do to give ourselves a chance. It’s the start of everything. If we do that, we can get momentum.”
In contrast, Ajax opened their European campaign with a 4-0 success over Rangers, but Klopp is optimistic that the Anfield crowd will play a part as his side seek to right the wrongs of matchday one.
Liverpool were due to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League action at the weekend, but all domestic fixtures were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Liverpool boss also revealed an injury blow to Andy Robertson, who picked up a knee issue in the final moments against Napoli and is set to sit out Tuesday’s game.
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