Jurgen Klopp’s verdict on Newcastle’s win over his Liverpool side

Jurgen Klopp and Steve McClaren
Jurgen Klopp and Steve McClaren

Jurgen Klopp admitted everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Liverpool at St James’s Park.

Newcastle United beat Klopp’s side 2-0 yesterday to climb one place in the Premier League to 18th.

After a goalless first half, an own goal from Martin Skrtel put Steve McClaren’s team ahead.

And Georginio Wijnaldum made certain of the points with a goal in the 90th minute.

Liverpool had beaten Southampton 6-1 in a Capital One Cup tie four days earlier, but they lacked “rhythm” on Tyneside, according to Klopp.

Asked what went wrong, Klopp said: “Nearly everything, I would say.

“The start, the middle and the end. I don’t know.

“This was obviously not a really good football game, and that was 50 per cent because of Newcastle and 50 per cent because of Liverpool.

“I think in the situation that Newcastle are, you can say it’s absolutely OK for them to play like that.

“They did OK – it wasn’t too bad. They were playing build-up, and although they didn’t create chances, we didn’t create chances either.

“It was an open game, with no rhythm from our side. Our defending in the last line was good, our defending in midfield wasn’t together. Our midfield pressing wasn’t good, I couldn’t see offensive pressing. We always had to run the long way in defence.

“We were not creative enough, so we had no chances.”

Klopp added: “We have to think about if we did something wrong before the game. If not, we have to find another reason. That’s all.”