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Jurgen Klopp pleased with Liverpool’s improved reaction to conceding

A week after outlining Liverpool’s need to react better after conceding, Jurgen Klopp‘s side recorded their first victory since last December when conceding the opening goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 31, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was visibly irritated in the opening 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge, stalking the touchline and giving captain James Milner in particular plenty of instruction.

Last week, after the 1-1 draw against Southampton, Klopp told how his players must improve their reaction to conceding.

“We did not give up physically but we didn’t believe any more that we could turn this game and that is a problem,” he correctly identified.

“I wouldn’t say it is a negative mentality. First of all you have to recognise it is like it is, it is not a sickness and you can change everything.”

Six days later and the players showed they had taken the words on board, going on to dominate the game despite falling behind after four minutes.

“Their reaction was much better,” Klopp told LFCTV.

“In life like in football, you have to make mistakes and then you can talk about it, you can work on it and change it. Or you don’t know it’s a mistake or that you will react like this when it happens.”

Those words show Klopp will have been happy with Alberto Moreno despite the defender’s mistake in marking Ramires for the opening goal – the Spaniard went on to put in a good 85 minutes thereafter. Mistakes happen, it’s how we recover.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 31, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Alberto Moreno and Jordon Ibe after the 3-1 victory over Chelsea during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I haven’t known the team long enough that I can imagine all of the reactions of my team in specific situations. We made this fault [against Southampton] and spoke about it.

“It’s not possible to train that part of football. But you can change things and that’s what they did today.

“That reaction is very important for us because in the Premier League it’s not possible that in each game you’ll go into a 3-0 lead and play easygoing. You have to fight, that’s what we did today. And you have to solve your problems in the game and that’s what we did today too.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 31, 2015: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho celebrate after their 3-1 victory over Chelsea during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s words were echoed by midfielder Lucas, who said: “The last few months showed if we concede our body language wasn’t the best,” Lucas added.

“After the Southampton game the manager spoke to us and said ‘you can’t think too much about a goal if you concede, you just need to get back in the game’.

“That’s what we did. The goal came at the right time for us, just before half-time, but even first half I thought we were the better team.

“It’s still a lot of things to improve, but it’s better improving and winning.”


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The last time Liverpool had conceded first and won a league game was against Leicester City in December last year – which was also the last time the Reds scored three away goals.

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