KLOPP CALLS FOR LIVERPOOL CONCENTRATION
The 48-year-old challenged his players not to
switch off untill the full-time whistle is blown,
following Sunday's late defeat to Crystal Palace
Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to maintain
their concentration after the manager suffered
the first defeat of his tenure, losing 2-1 against
Crystal Palace at home on Sunday.
Having seen Philippe Coutinho cancel out
Yannick Bolasie's opener in the Premier League
match at Anfield, Scott Dann's header eight
minutes from time consigned the hosts to a 2-1
Dann reacted quickest to head in a rebound
following Simon Mignolet's save, but a number
of missed chances forced Klopp to contemplate
a first defeat at the helm a month after being
"When Palace scored I saw many people leave.
I felt very alone in this moment," the former
Borussia Dortmund coach told reporters. "But
we have to make them want to stay.
"It's not the first time I've lost a game. We
opened the door for Palace with our start.
"We defended the counter-attack well, but a
corner has cost us. I'm satisfied with some
moments [the team created], but my problem is
that we need to play all 95 minutes.
"We have to learn that we decide how strong,
tired, awake we are. I decide if I am tired,
"Of course we can do more and if anyone
thinks we can't, they're wrong."
Liverpool's disappointing outing was made
worse by an injury that forced Mamadou Sakho
off before half-time, the in-form defender
landing awkwardly on his right knee following
an aerial challenge.
"We don't want to speculate, but we have to
wait for a scan," Klopp added.
"I'd rather lose 4-1 and keep him in the team."
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