Jurgen Klopp took full responsibility for his side losing to Burnley at Anfield and surrendering their historic run stretching back almost four years, but admitted he thought it was ‘impossible’ for his side to lose.
Liverpool remained in control throughout the contest on Thursday night and finished the match having had 72 per cent of possession and 27 shots, but were undone by a late penalty converted by Ashley Barnes.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the final whistle, Klopp retained his cool but pointed out that he thought a game which had played out in such a way was ‘impossible to lose.’
Jurgen Klopp says he felt the match against Burnley was ‘impossible to lose,’ but his side did
The shock defeat brought to an end the historic 68-game unbeaten home run for Liverpool
Klopp said: ‘We lost the game which I think is pretty impossible to lose but we did it. And that’s my fault because my job is to make sure the boys have the right feeling and having the right amount of confidence and they make the right decisions.
‘We had the ball a lot, we created some situations it was all ok but in the final moment out decision making is not right at the moment. We need the ball in the right places but then we don’t get the shot away.
‘I said the same thing last week. The problem is something doesn’t work, we need to try harder and make better decisions. But it didn’t work out tonight, we have to admit that. Nothing else to say and that’s why we lost the game.
Klopp grew frustrated throughout as Liverpool held all the possession but could not convert
‘How is it possible we lose that game? But we lost it, we made even that happen. It is our fault – and that means my fault. It’s always my fault, the things that don’t work are my fault. We’ve worked together for a long time now.’
Liverpool had not experienced defeat at Anfield in the league since April 2017, when Crystal Palace left with all three points in the infancy of Klopps’ reign.
Divock Origi missed a prime opportunity in the first after being played through on goal courtesy of a Ben Mee mistake, only to crash his shot off the under-side of the crossbar.
Klopp said of the crucial moment: ‘We could have scored in the first half and we didn’t. That changed everything for the opponent (at half-time). They didn’t come here to lose 1-0 then they open it up and stuff like this (the penalty) happens.
‘It’s not that we don’t create chances because the players don’t have the ability. The difference between a good footballer and a very good footballer is the decision making. That’s how it is.
‘We knew that before the game it’s not easy to come in behind the line. Then we make crosses too early.
Divock Origi was clean-through on goal in the first half but was denied by the crossbar
‘We saw a lot of good plays with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] with crossing. It’s not about how incredible high the skill-set is, it’s about making decisions in the moment,’ he added.
Barnes – scoring his 100th career goal – would have been cheered as loudly in Manchester and Leicester as much as Burnley, as this defeat leaves Liverpool floundering in the title race ahead of fixtures against Tottenham, Leicester, Manchester City and Everton over the next month.
‘If I sit now here, losing against Burnley and didn’t score for the last four games and talk about the title race how silly that would be?’ said Klopp. ‘We need to score goals and that is what we have to do. That’s the job a manager and coach has to do.’
Klopp would not be drawn on what happened between him and Dyche but the Burnley manager said: ‘This is a top class but you are allowed to stand up for yourself and that is what I was doing. There was absolutely no problem.’