The 2-0 defeat at Upton Park made the manager angry with his players. The performance of Liverpool was nowhere near what Jurgen Klopp wanted and he made it clear that he just had three words for his side after the defeat, wonder how many of them need an asterisk.
Up next for the Reds is a testing trip to the Britannia Stadium in Stoke for a League Cup semi-final. Liverpool entered this stage after a 6-1 drubbing at the St Marys and the manager admitted that this was a great shot at silverware.
“This cup is important,” insisted the Liverpool. “We have to go for it and our target is that we can win it. It will be hard because Mark Hughes has done a brilliant job. It’s the biggest change in football, how Stoke now plays. We know about their qualities, of course. It’s a team I know much about because I know many of the players.”
Everton and Manchester City are the other two teams battling it out for a place in the final and it is an open competition at this stage. But Liverpool have had their own problems this season.
Talking about the defeat at West Ham, “We were passive (against West Ham),” he said. “That’s not good in life or in football. We have to be more aggressive.”
“You have to react to defeats in the right way. We don’t have six, seven, eight players to change. We have to react to the impact the last game had on the players and decide.”
“We have issues with crosses,” he added. “Before that we had issues with set-pieces. We need to solve that. We’ve been clear with the words.”
“One of biggest rules in football is you have to avoid crosses.”
Another absentee is Captain Jordan Henderson who limped out of the Boxing Day win against Leicester.
“We have to wait,” Klopp said. “What’s happened with the tendon is painful. There is blood around heel. We can’t rush it.”
Liverpool are 8th in the Premier League table with after 20 games and are 8 point off the top of the table. Even in this exciting season, they will need an average of 1.8 points per game to even reach the top four. This leaves the Premier league a difficulty and the League Cup a potential shot at silverware.