Aug 22, 2016

    Klopp: How can I be happy with this?


    JUERGEN Klopp admitted he was puzzled by Liverpool's surprise defeat at Burnley, in which they enjoyed over 80 per cent of possession but still lost 2-0 to the newly-promoted club.

    He confessed he thought his team had actually seen more like 90 per cent of the ball at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    But the Reds failed to create a single noteworthy chance as first-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray earned Sean Dyche's team their first points of the season.

    "How can I be happy with this?" Klopp said. "When we gave away the first goal, they defended for their lives.

    "Both of their strikers Andre Gray and Sam Vokes are really hard workers.

    "We had absolutely no luck and everybody needs to be more clinical. But when we conceded the early goal, life was not over, we had a lot of time to win the game.

    "Even at half-time, I felt we still had the possibility of it. But our timing and decision making really was not good."

    Klopp was critical of his team's defence in the opening 4-3 victory at Arsenal and, after conceding two more goals at Turf Moor, Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 league games.

    "We saw the situations coming around the goals but that doesn't mean you should still concede the goals," he said.

    "It was a difficult game for us, we passed the ball, lost the ball at the wrong moments.

    "The first half was not good for growing self-confidence, we lost a little bit of our timing, patience, all that stuff."

    Burnley boss Dyche said: "Possession doesn't win you games.

    "That myth came out a few years ago and Leicester proved it was a myth last year.

    "I want to penetrate, create and take chances."

    Dyche also saw his two forwards get off the mark - in the case of Vokes, ending a 27-game run without a Premier League goal dating back to 2009.