Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool didn’t deserve to beat West Brom

Jurgen Klopp admits he was surprised by how defensive West Brom was in tonight's draw with his Liverpool side.

Jurgen Klopp accepted that Liverpool didn’t deserve to beat Sam Allardyce’s struggling West Brom, despite enjoying long periods of dominance in the game.

Unsurprisingly, the game instantly settled into an attack versus defense pattern, with Sam Allardyce’s new team trying to stay compact at the rear, with Liverpool’s midfielder having plenty of time and space on the ball.

However, it took the champions only 12 minutes to bring down Baggies’ tight defense, defender Joel Matip threw the ball into the chest of Sadio Mane, the Senegalese international who controlled the ball expertly, turning as he did so, before shooting. . Sam Johnstone.

Liverpool continued to dominate and created a host of chances in the first half, although the ball didn’t quite fall for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

However, having earned a brave point against Man City before Christmas, West Brom showed a bit more adventure after the break as they tried to repeat the trick against the league leaders, and were denied a draw as Karlan Grant couldn’t beat Alisson in a match. one on one after beating young Rhys Williams for pace.

With just eight minutes to go, however, Liverpool were punished for their missed opportunities in the first half, and after giving away a cheap corner, Semi Ajayi rose higher to head off the post.

Sam Johnstone made a series of wonderful saves on death in that aforementioned draw against Man City, and former man Utd made another good save to deny Roberto Firmino as the game advanced in the 90th minute, with West Brom holding on. for a point.

Speaking later, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp accepted that West Brom ‘deserved’ a game point, saying his team paid the price for not putting the game out of question in the first half, with just one of his 10 attempts. in the first half. target, while the only other shot from his side on the target would force Johnstone’s late save.

“I don’t think anyone can expect a team to play like West Brom in the first half, like a 6-4 [formation] or whatever, “he told Sky Sports. “I thought we did well. In the second half we didn’t do the same again, they had like three counterattacks, too many corners. It’s our fault and that’s why it’s just one point instead of three.

“It is an incredible challenge when you constantly face 10 men. To be fair, West Brom did its job in 90 minutes. West Brom deserved the point tonight because we didn’t finish the game. It is difficult to create. In the end, everyone knows and feels that we should have done better tonight.

“They played differently against Villa, today what was clear would be the defense and the set pieces. When you click in the game, you can’t plan to click, you just have to work for it.

“We play, we cross the ball and instead of moving we don’t change. It is not a game that we are going to talk about in 20 years, but it is a game that we have to play and we don’t play the way we could ”.

The point sees Liverpool open a three-point lead over second-placed Everton with a one-way trip to face Newcastle on December 30.

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