KLOPP CALLS FOR LIVERPOOL CONCENTRATION

By 09:43 Sun, 08 Nov 2015 Comments



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

defeat.

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

appointed.

"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,

nobody else.

"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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