Jurgen Klopp reveals why Newcastle United 'deserved' their point at Anfield
Newcastle United got what they deserved at Anfield.
That was the view of Jurgen Klopp after Joe Willock claimed a point yesterday with a 95th-minute equaliser against Liverpool.
Klopp didn’t pull any punches after the 1-1 draw, which damaged his team’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Willock’s strike came two minutes after Callum Wilson had had a strike controversially disallowed by VAR for handball.
Liverpool had got off to the perfect start, with Mohamed Salah having given his team a third-minute lead. However, Klopp’s side let Newcastle back into the game, and, driven on by Allan Saint-Maximin, the visitors unsettled their hosts and created a series of chances.
“Very tough day – but there’s no-one else to blame but ourselves,” said Liverpool manager Klopp. “We created chances. The golden rule of football is you’d better use your chances. That’s what we didn’t do – and that’s why Newcastle deserved a point.
“They score a goal which was disallowed the first time – we were lucky with VAR – but we didn’t even take that present, and we gave them another one – and it’s 1-1.”
Klopp added: “If we play like this and don’t finish games like this off, why should we play Champions League? We want to deserve Champions League, and we don’t want to come and be cheeky, we want to earn it and with these results, you don’t earn it.
“It’s all on the table so go for it. It feels close to being unacceptable, but we have to accept it anyway.”