Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted he remains “calm” despite seeing his side beaten by West Ham United on Sunday evening.
The Reds remain four points behind Chelsea, who boast top spot of the Premier League table, after being defeated 3-2 by the Hammers at the London Stadium.
Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi were not enough for the visitors, with Alisson scoring an own goal and Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma also on the score sheet.
Chelsea supporters will be relieved to see Liverpool beaten following the Blues’ 1-1 draw at home to Burnley just over 24 hours before.
Klopp, when speaking to Sky Sports after the defeat to West Ham, was not happy with the decision to allow the opening goal for the hosts, with Alisson under immense pressure – something the German felt was illegal and should have been picked up on.
“The first goal was a foul on Ali – how can he catch the ball when someone moves his arm away? It makes no sense,” Klopp said.
“The second-half, we did not play as clear as we did in the first-half. We were not clinical enough or ruthless enough considering the possession we had.
“The second set-piece we conceded was a very good set-piece – it was very difficult to contend. For me, Cresswell’s challenge on Hendo is a reckless challenge. You cannot go like this and you have to control your body. For me, it’s reckless.”
The Liverpool boss added: “I am calm – today we lost but I accept that, but in moments you need a normal decision from the referee and today he did not do that.
“We can be better, 100 per cent. You cannot always play your best result, you have to grind out a result but they scored three goals and we did not.
“We hope and pray the boys play the games for their countries, recover well, and come back healthy.”
Klopp does not seem happy with the manner of the Liverpool defeat, but this early on in the season, he will be well aware that nothing is decided just yet.
Saying that, it comes as a huge result for Chelsea, whose supporters were disappointed with dropping two points at home to Burnley on Saturday.
Thomas Tuchel, when speaking after the stalemate at Stamford Bridge, said that the Clarets were “very lucky” to pick up a point in west London.
“(Burnely were) very lucky but that’s football. Were we lucky in the first of these seven matches to escape with a clean sheet against Brentford? Yes, we were. So, of course, they were lucky but that’s why everyone loves the game because it’s possible to win matches like this,” the Blues boss said.
“I stick with my feelings from the sidelines, I have proof from the data we have now that we had a fantastic match. I liked the attitude, I liked the intensity and the concentration levels.
“This is our seventh game in a row, we come from away games, from Champions League games, and to play a team like Burnley that always believes, puts long balls in and out of the box, and we keep them out and keep them out at the level.
“We collected first and second balls, did so much invisible work as a team to control a match like this.
“We created so many chances so it was a fantastic effort and a fantastic performance. So I am super happy. It can happen in football, sometimes unfortunately like today, that somebody else steals some points and is lucky.
“As I said, we were lucky to walk away with a clean sheet from Brentford and we were lucky today to get the result. It happens sometimes.”
Source by Football London