“I can work with this performance” – Klopp keen to take positives from Newcastle stalemate

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes The Reds were unlucky not to take all three points from their game with Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all started but none of them could find the finish that would have given Liverpool all three points. Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow made some impressive saves, especially from Salah, to keep his side in the game.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp was asked if he was happy with his team’s performance:

“I’m not happy about the result but the game is already played. I’m not overly frustrated or something like that – it’s football, if you don’t use your chances then it’s difficult to win a game. But you can have a draw with a bad performance or you can have a draw with a good performance, and tonight we had a draw with a good performance. We just didn’t use the chances and that’s why I’m OK with the game. That’s it.”

Klopp was then asked if he was concerned with Liverpool’s failure to score against Newcastle following their struggles to find a second goal in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday night:

“Look, not scoring is a concern if you don’t create. That’s how it is. If you create, it’s just momentum, it’s for now. But if you keep creating then you will score, that’s it. I know we will score again, that’s not our problem in the moment. We needed to show a reaction from the second half against West Brom because in that game we lost the plot a little bit in the second half, it looked for me like we were 1-0 down not 1-0 up. Tonight it was a very good reaction on that, without getting the result. But we all know: you win this game 1-0 and everybody is over the moon. And we should have won it at least 1-0, but we didn’t. That’s what we have to accept. But I can work with this performance, that’s important. I can work with the things I saw tonight. We can build on that, we don’t have to now change massively in the next three or four days and say, ‘OK everything is going wrong, we have to try to compete another way.’ That’s why I’m OK, that’s it.”

Liverpool must now turn their attention to Southampton and what will be their first game of 2021. The Reds travel to St Mary’s on Monday night to play The Saints who are currently 9th in the Premier League.

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