Jürgen Klopp was full of praise for Rubin Kazan after they held his new side to a 1-1 draw at Anfield…
Despite a raucous first welcome from the Anfield faithful, Liverpool’s new era under Jürgen Klopp again failed to fully spark into life as the Merseysiders recorded a second consecutive draw.
There were many other similarities with Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at Tottenham Hotspur, besides the result, as a lack of cutting edge again undermined plenty of effort, determination and moments of brightness going forward.
Emre Can cancelled out Darko Devic’s impressive 15th minute opener midway through the first half but the men in red couldn’t find a winner despite playing against 10-men for almost an hour.
Analysing the contest at his post-match press conference, Klopp reflected: “It wasn’t a boring game. It was a very interesting game, a big challenge because of the quality of Rubin Kazan.
“Everybody could see they are not too bad – very experienced, very cool when they got the ball. They didn’t have it too often but when they had the ball they were really good.
“They got the first goal and that’s one of the biggest challenges in football. You are in a good moment, your direction is OK, you’re in the game, your concentration is high and you’re playing football and you have this. You need to restart in the game but we did it well and made our goal.
“Before that they got the red card. Sometimes it’s a big advantage against 10; most of the time it’s a really thankless job because now they stop playing football. Now they defend in a big, compact block.
“That’s what we had to do better tonight, but we had our moments, we hit the post with Christian (Benteke). We had some other moments – good chances – but at the end, no goal.
“So I would say 98 per cent OK, not perfect, but the last two per cent – the decisive per cent – we missed. That was the problem this evening.
“Sion won their game so they are away [at the top of the group], maybe away. We have a situation that we can come back but of course the next game in cold Kazan is the next challenge.
“Tonight wasn’t a masterclass but it’s not the worst day in my life. In the next game we have to work hard – that’s what we did tonight – and we’ll go on like that.”
Looking forward, the former Borussia Dortmund boss hopes supporters will have more to cheer soon.
“I’m here as the manager of a football club,” added Klopp. “One of the best in the world, and now we have to develop our game so that our supporters can enjoy our game a little bit more in the future.
“I think tonight, they [the fans] had moments they could enjoy, moments where the players brought their whole heart on the pitch – that’s what everybody wants. It was not boring, I don’t think anybody wanted to go early.
“We tried it all and in the end we didn’t win. But maybe it’s not the most world-changing game you’ve ever seen.”
Liverpool are next in action on Sunday when they welcome Southampton to Anfield in the Premier League.
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