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For the first time since assuming control of Liverpool, typically cheerful bench boss Jurgen Klopp is feeling the heat. And he knows it.
The Reds were bounced from the FA Cup by second-tier Wolves on Saturday, yet another surprising setback in a miserable eight-day period that has seen the club consigned to home defeats against both Swansea City (Premier League) and Southampton (League Cup).
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Speaking after his side’s third consecutive harrowing defeat at Anfield, a downtrodden Klopp was quick to take the responsibility off his players’ shoulders, saying he is at fault for Liverpool’s recent struggles.
“No, I don’t feel that they let me down or something,” he said when asked about his team’s performance. “I am responsible for the lineup; I saw them training and I thought, ‘That’s the lineup.’
“I said – and it’s what I mean – that I am responsible for the bad things and not just the good things, and today was obviously not good, so that’s my responsibility. We could have played better, each boy could have played better and I know this. You always learn a little bit about (the players).”
The German gaffer will surely learn plenty about his men in their next outing; the beleaguered Reds will look to turn things around when Premier League leader Chelsea makes the Merseyside visit on Tuesday.
There were lessons to be learned from Saturday’s loss, but at the moment, Klopp knows the high-flying Blues deserve all of his attention.
“At one point I will watch the game again and then I will know a little bit more about it, but from tomorrow onwards we have to prepare for the Chelsea game.”