Show some fight, says Klopp of flops

HOWLER: Liverpool's goalkeeper Bogdan (in green) misses a routine catch and is punished by Ake in the third minute of the match against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.


    Dec 22, 2015

    Show some fight, says Klopp of flops


    JUERGEN Klopp has challenged his Liverpool flops to prove they have the stomach for a fight after they capitulated in a woeful 3-0 defeat by Watford.

    His team fell apart after a blunder from Reds goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was punished by Watford's Nathan Ake in the third minute at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

    Showing little resistance against tenacious opponents, Liverpool conceded a sloppy second goal when Odion Ighalo bullied Martin Skrtel into another mistake in the 15th minute.

    Liverpool never threatened a response as promoted Watford wrapped up their first home win over the Reds since 1986 when the in-form Ighalo headed home in the closing minutes.

    It was the heaviest defeat of Klopp's two-month reign and by far the worst performance. For the German, the honeymoon enjoyed by any new manager is now over, with the five-time European champions only one place higher in the table than when Brendan Rodgers was sacked two months ago.

    "The reaction has to be better. We lost our minds after the goal," Klopp said.

    "We didn't play how we wanted to play, we played how they wanted us to play," he added.

    There were equally harsh words from Liverpool great Graeme Souness, who believes Klopp has a huge task on his hands to restore the club to former glories.

    "I don't think the players are good enough," Souness told Sky Sports. "They (the first two goals) were simple, avoidable mistakes and you're looking for your players to be angry, not feel sorry for themselves.

    "There's lots of work ahead for him and it's not a quick fix. They've got some players that might get better but it's going to be a long road."

    Coming after praise was heaped on the German and his players following impressive wins at Manchester City and Southampton, Klopp wants to see what kind of response Liverpool, without a win in four matches, can summon now that the going is a little tougher.

    "After Southampton and Manchester City, everyone thought 'wow'. That was one part of what we can do. Now everyone saw the complete other side," he said.

    "Maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle but I know how strong this team can be.

    "We don't feel good today of course. We came here to do something really different from what you saw.

    "We have a few days before the next game and we will work on it.

    "The easy game everyone wins. Now we have to win the difficult ones."