After the draw against Newcastle (1-1), Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said his team “does not deserve” to play in the Champions League.
Disillusioned and irritated by his team’s draw against Newcastle (1-1), after spoiling a dozen chances, Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp felt that his team did not “did not deserve” to play the Champions League. Despite an entry goal from Mohamed Salah (1-0, 3rd), the Reds let the victory slip away in added time (1-1, 90th + 4), while they could temporarily climb back to fourth place in Premier League, qualifier for the C1.
The German then wondered about the place of his team in this competition: “If we play like that and we don’t kill matches like this, why should we play in the Champions League? (…) We want to deserve the Champions League and we don’t want to come and be pretentious, we want to deserve it, but with results like this, we don’t deserve it. “
“Everything was at hand and you just had to pick it up. It’s very close to being unacceptable (as a result), but you have to accept it anyway.”, Klopp got angry again, before adding: “The golden rule of football is that you better take advantage of your chances. That’s what we didn’t do and that’s why Newcastle deserve their point.“
Despite 22 shots including 9 on target, against 7 shots and 4 on target for the Magpies, the latter managed to come back in extremis. “They score a goal that is canceled the first time – we were lucky with VAR – but we didn’t even take advantage of that gift, we gave them another and it ended at 1-1”, he said, in reference to the goal denied for a hand to Callum Wilson seconds before Joe Willock pulled the equalizer.
A result all the more embarrassing after the Reds supported for a time the Super League project which imagined a European competition where Liverpool and 14 other top European teams would have had a guaranteed place among the 20 participants, year after year. Liverpool, who had finally abandoned the project on Tuesday, along with 5 other English teams involved, had faced the wrath of supporters upon arriving at the stadium, with banners hostile to Fenway Sports Group, the American group that owns the club.