Jurgen Klopp spotted going berserk at £34m Liverpool player after Bukayo Saka’s goal for Arsenal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was not happy with his side’s defending for Bukayo Saka’s opening goal on Sunday.
Saka gave Arsenal the lead just 14 minutes into their top of the table clash against the Reds at the weekend. It was a disappointing goal to concede, with Martin Odegaard’s simple ball through the middle allowing Kai Havertz a free run at Alisson Becker.
Although Alisson did well to parry Havertz’s shot with his chest, the ball fell straight to Saka who made no mistake.
Given the way that Liverpool had started the game, it had been coming. And judging from wide-lens footage, Klopp felt so too.
As shared by X account CF Comps, the Reds boss was absolutely enraged with Ryan Gravenberch in particular. With Arsenal players running off to celebrate, the camera captured Klopp throwing his arms in frustration towards Gravenberch.
Standing on the edge of his technical area, Jurgen is incredibly animated as he bellows and gesticulates at the Dutchman. Gravenberch is seen making some motions of his own before wandering back to the centre-circle. Not a great look for Ryan, this.
Klopp fumes at Gravenberch
In all honesty, we were surprised to see Gravenberch line up for this one. The 21-year-old hasn’t been in great form recently and he felt like a bit of a weak link in such a big game.
With Dominik Szoboszlai injured, Klopp obviously had to do something. But we’d have preferred to see Andy Robertson start, Joe Gomez shift to right-back and Trent Alexander-Arnold moved to midfield.
Instead, Gravenberch got the nod in what was a big vote of confidence from the boss. Unfortunately, it didn’t really pay off.
The former Ajax youngster is not immediately noticeable as a Jurgen Klopp-type midfielder. He’s languid in possession and a little too lethargic out of it.
That was there for all to see at the Emirates. And although Gravenberch wasn’t the only one at fault for Saka’s goal, he just didn’t shut down the space with any kind of ferocity. It was too easy for Arsenal to play through.
To give him his due, the £34m man did improve after the break. However, his substitution on 58 minutes felt inevitable. Gravenberch could hardly have complained.
It remains to be seen just how long Szoboszlai is out for. But with Wataru Endo coming back from Asian Cup duty, we think Gravenberch will have lost his place for Burnley on Saturday.
Plenty of work on the training ground needed here.