After two consecutive victories to end the previous year, Liverpool were dealt a blow in their pursuit to a top four finish this season. They were humbly humiliated by the Hammers at the Upton Park that left the Liverpool manager angry in the post-match press conference.
Liverpool started the game slowly as West Ham were clearly the better side winning 50-50 balls and fighting for the ball on the front foot. They took an early lead thanks to a superb 80 yard run from Antonio and the second half goal from Andy Carrol finished off a disappointing game for the visitors.
Talking to BT Sports after the final whistle, Klopp said
“Not enough. Not enough in the decisive moments. It’s two crosses and few set-plays,” said a visibly Klopp.
“We had a lot of possession, we had bad luck in a few situations, but that’s not what I want to see to be honest. In the decisive moments you have to be there and we are responsible for the result. In a game like this, where you see you can be better, you have to be better. You have to win.”
Left-back Alberto Moreno appeared to be fouled in the move prior to Antonio’s opener, causing many of Klopp’s players to dispute the awarding of the goal. Klopp, however, insisted that his team should have played to whistle, regardless of whether they felt their team-mate had been impeded.
“I saw in the eyes of my players that they thought it was a foul but, if there’s no whistle, you have to defend. We didn’t defend the cross, 1-0. Second goal, we played five against one on the right wing and didn’t win the ball. That’s not pressing.
“It’s not a day for being disappointed, it’s a day for being angry with ourselves.”
“In each moment of this game we could’ve come back but we didn’t. Who wants to see 90 per cent? You can’t win a football game with 90 per cent or 95. Nobody wants to see this. You have to do everything. We lost in decisive moments, that can happen, but you have to use your chance more.”
“You need more will than we did today. Two-nil – it’s deserved.”
This loss leaves Liverpool 8th in the table and if Stoke and Watford can win their games will fall to 10th. West Ham are temporarily 5th in the points table and will be hoping to play in Europe next season.