Jurgen Klopp has a bad taste in his mouth from the weekend, and it isn’t only due to suffering his first loss as Liverpool’s manager.
Klopp came to Anfield on a meteor; press-conference candid, voraciously enthusiastic, ready to tack fresh prestige to a club with an already detailed history.
“It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club.”
But Klopp wasn’t left feeling very special on Sunday when Liverpool lost their first match under Jurgen Klopp to Crystal Palace. The go-ahead goal was struck with only eight minutes left to play by Crystal Palace’s Scott Danns.
The goal wasn’t the knife in Klopp’s heart, but the reactions from some of the 44,115 in attendance. The goal acted as a signal for Liverpool supporters to beat an early exit.
During his talk with the Guardian Klopp couldn’t contain his disappointment,
“After the goal on 82 minutes, with 12 minutes to go, I saw many people leaving the stadium. I felt pretty alone at this moment. We decide when it is over. Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals if you like.”
Klopp went on to reveal his thoughts on how Liverpool need an improve their attitude to ensure more satisfactory results,
“If we learn, we decide how strong we are, how good we are, how awake we are and how tired we are. Nobody else. I decide if I am tired, nobody else. Today we needed a few minutes to come into the game. It was not enough. If everyone thinks we gave everything, then it is wrong.”
Klopp is continuing to push mentality as the biggest obstacle to Liverpool players. A change of perspective was the focus on one of his first meetings with the team. Liverpool intends to be the “nightmare” team to play in the league, consistently hard running and out working opponents until the full-time whistle.
It’s clear that Klopp expects an attitude change from the players, but will the supporters meet him halfway?