Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was disappointed by a number of aspects of his team’s performance against Arsenal yesterday evening.
The Reds had just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, despite playing with one extra player for the vast majority of the match, and Klopp says that, while a lack of creativity was an issue, his players also lacked composure:
“It looked like we were under pressure. That makes no sense but that is human. You go out there to win. It’s difficult against a well-drilled formation. We didn’t create enough, we didn’t do lots of things not good enough. But in the end it’s 0-0, half time, let’s go. I know we can play better, we know we have to play better. A lot of things I liked, but the general outcome was not good enough. That’s the truth of this game and we have to accept it.”
A lot was made about the absence of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, but the finger should be pointed more at the fullbacks and midfield.
The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and James Milner were very poor on the night. Combined with a very static frontline, with Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino all failing to make an impact, the home side never looked like scoring.
As Klopp says, the players will simply have to put the game behind them and focus on winning the second leg at the Emirates next week.