While Jamie Carragher delivered a scathing verdict, Jurgen Klopp scoffed after Liverpool’s setback at Brentford. The pressure is increasing – also financially.
The Champions League ranks are still a little further apart: Jürgen Klopp on Monday in Brentford.
He praised the opposing coach, named his team’s mistakes and said nothing nice. But Jürgen Klopp didn’t stop there after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Brentford. The man, who himself would probably never claim to be a good loser, hinted at a few other reasons for his XI’s worrying setback.
The final goal, before striker Bryan Mbeumo won rustically against Ibrahima Konaté, should never have counted. “It’s a full two-man sprint, and if you get hit there you lose your balance and fall,” Klopp said. “But Stuart Attwell saw it differently and the VAR who checked it can, as usual, hide behind the phrase ‘clear and obvious’.”
“That’s how they play against us, but against other opponents they play football”
Moreover, the Brentford professionals had “stretched the rules” with standards, “pressed and held” again and again. “Don’t get me wrong, they’re smart, but they do it. If you look at each situation individually, you’d find five faults. But because it’s so chaotic, nobody sees it. They do it really well,” said Klopp. said a mock appreciation and teased, “That’s how they play against us, but against other opponents they play football and that’s fantastic.”
And then the many long balls! “It limits them to a few points, but they can cause chaos that way. They’ve organized it extremely well,” said Klopp, who has always preferred opponents with short passes because they can beat his team much easier. .
All of this couldn’t even distract Klopp himself from the fact that it was his Reds who had just contributed to the chaos defensively. Just before the break, Brentford delivered a simple cross to make it 2-0. “The second goal decided the game and it’s all our fault,” admitted Klopp. “We just got away with an offside goal but we didn’t wake up. It was a gift for Brentford.”
Financial pressure increases in a delicate phase
After two victories – not always sovereign, but all the more precious – (3-1 at Aston Villa, 2-1 against Leicester), Liverpool’s race to catch up in the Champions League is stalling for the moment. Already tonight, the gap with fourth place could have reached seven points again. This puts Klopp bosses under double financial pressure in the middle of a phase in which they want to sell club shares: short-term and long-term.
In the short term, because new reinforcements after Coady Gakpo seem more urgent this winter transfer window; in the long term, as it would stretch the budget of the serious Reds considerably if they miss out on the premier class for the first time since Klopp’s debut season seven years ago.
Once the intensity of a game increases, they can’t keep up.
TV pundit and club legend Jamie Carragher said on Monday night he saw ‘no chance’ of being in the top four if Liverpool did not add staff in January and pass harsh judgement: ” As soon as the intensity of a match increases, they “I can’t keep up. Liverpool have had a problem against physical teams all season. And let’s not forget that we’re talking about a team that proudly says, ‘Intensity is who we are.'”
Instead, Carragher sees ‘an aging team that is about to end’. “From the first minute of the Jürgen Klopp era, they sprinted like crazy, regardless of the quality of the players. I don’t see that anymore. This is not a Jürgen Klopp team.”
It’s obvious that Liverpool are once again suffering from constant and changing injury-related absences – particularly in midfield, but despite this a fixed size has been missing for months. However, it’s also clear that this team hasn’t just once proven to be capable of great comebacks. “We can only change our position by winning games, today was the opposite,” Klopp said. “We can’t take anything positive with us or take confidence out of it.”
Especially since the competition did not diminish on Monday. Just behind Liverpool, Brentford are currently seventh, just two points behind.
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