Jurgen Klopp has played down fears that Liverpool could be about to spiral into darkness following the Reds’ exit from the FA Cup this week.
Speaking to the press after the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea via This Is Anfield, the Liverpool manager brought a sense of calm to supporters that he isn’t worried about the club’s current momentum as the Merseyside team crashed out of the FA Cup just days after losing their first Premier League game of the season against Watford.
Liverpool have been praised to high heaven for the majority of the season for their dominance in England with the Reds seemingly looking, at one point, to go the Premier League campaign unbeaten, but a loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League has kick-started the club’s first spell of bad form for the year, yet Klopp is unfazed by recent results.
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The German boss said following Liverpool’s elimination from the FA Cup: “Well look, it went our way for so long because we defended so well. Teams usually don’t get a lot of chances against us. No, we have to admit that in the last three games we’ve conceded too many goals, that’s true. This was completely different today from Watford. But I’m not worried about momentum. Momentum is not something you go and get and then just have it. You can lose it but then you have to go and get it again.”
Despite Liverpool’s greatness for the majority of the season, the Reds have been hit firmly in the face by a cold-hard dose of reality after three losses in as many weeks, and the results should serve as a stern wake-up call to Klopp and the squad about the level of quality they must be playing at every game.
With the Premier League still well in Liverpool’s hands and a Champions League second-leg on the horizon, this latest setback will be seen as a big turning point for the Reds, and what they do with the lessons they have learnt will be key in Klopp’s side regaining the momentum they need to cap off this season in style.