Jurgen Klopp explains what Liverpool have done differently in training after ‘really painful’ Arsenal defeat
Jurgen Klopp has laid out a new Liverpool challenge after his side’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an end at Arsenal last week.
The Reds suffered just their second Premier League loss of the campaign at the Gunners on Sunday as they went down 3-1 at the Emirates in a game that saw Ibrahima Konate sent off late on for a second bookable offence.
That reverse was just Liverpool’s third in the top flight since the beginning of April and their run over the last couple of months sees them head into the weekend’s fixtures with a two-point advantage at the summit of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s visit from Everton in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Klopp wants to see his players bounce back against Vincent Kompany’s Clarets at Anfield as 60,000 get set to enter for what will be the club’s biggest league crowd ever.
And the Reds boss says the team must ignore that their visitors arrive on Merseyside in a battle for survival down the bottom end as he warned against complacency when hosting a team who have won just three games all season.
“Before we played Arsenal, they were more or less out of form, out of the race, out of everything,” Klopp said. “They win the game and everything is great [for them]. We beat Chelsea a few days before it really looked like: ‘Wow, Liverpool really goes for it this year’. So it is not important and the last game is the least important if you want and the only thing you can use it for is to react.
“We need to keep the good stuff in a game where people expect us to win. Nobody goes to Arsenal and thinks they will win it clearly and there is always reasonable doubt about that but Burnley at home, it is completely different.
“For us it is important we just ignore who the opponent is. We get all the information, the position in the table, the name of the club, history, it is all not important. It is our game, we want to get through and we have to do the right stuff.
“We have a toolbox full of the right tools, we just have to use them and we didn’t do that properly at Arsenal. We just have to admit that. That is why on top of the pure defeat that we couldn’t do that on that day was really painful. But now that was long ago and we have to try again.”
Klopp added: “That is how defeats are, it is not that it feels ‘more’ but we haven’t lost two or three times in a row this season. But losing after a long period of not losing it doesn’t help in that moment because you lose and it feels exactly how it should. That was exactly the case.
“There nothing from our side, no excuses, nobody was asking [questions], we all knew what happened, I told the boys that the outside world will make a story of the second goal we conceded and the boys didn’t feel great about that the way we conceded it, but I was much more interested in the way we approached it.
“Yes after half-time we were better and no-one would ever know how it would have been had it stayed at 1-1 and the stadium got a bit nervous or whatever but we will never know. It was OK but in general I expect us to act differently against the ball and that is what we tried to do differently this week. That is it.”