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Klopp cites ‘incredible challenge’ Liverpool faced; Robertson criticises squad

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised West Brom after referencing the “incredible challenge” they provided with their tactics, while Andy Robertson claimed every Reds player made a mistake.

Liverpool dropped a costly two points as a Sam Allardyce masterclass helped West Brom to secure a draw at Anfield.

The hosts controlled the vast bulk of possession, but found creating clear-cut chances difficult to come by.

The bad news for the Reds was compounded when Joel Matip had to be substituted after suffering what appeared to be a groin injury. Klopp revealed he did not yet know the severity of the injury in his post-match interview.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, the German said: “I don’t think anyone can expect a team plays like West Brom in the first half, like a 6-4 or whatever it was. I thought we did OK.

“Second half we didn’t do the same again, they had like three counter attacks, too many corners. It is our fault and that is why it is only one point instead of three.

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“It is an incredible challenge when you constantly face 10 men. To be fair West Brom did their job inside 90 minutes.

“West Brom deserved the point tonight because we didn’t finish the game. It is difficult to create. In the end everyone knows and feels we should have and could have done better tonight.

“They played different against Villa, today what was clear it would be defensive and over set pieces. When it clicks in the game you cannot plan clicking you just have to work for it.

“We played around, crossed the ball and instead of moving we didn’t switch. It is not a game we will talk about in 20 years but it is a game we have to play and we didn’t play as we could.”

 

Robertson critical of entire team

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Andy Robertson also spoke to Sky Sports, saying: “When you go slack you get what you deserve. When you come up against a Sam Allardyce team you know they will stay in it and take the one chance they get.

“We created a lot of chances in the first half and then in the second half it was as if we didn’t want to do it again. We went slack. Every one of us made a mistake in the second half which can’t happen. Credit to west ham for the way they played the second half.

“You know they will look to frustrate you and play the game down and hit you on the counter-attack.

“We didn’t let them do that in the first half and then they grow with confidence the longer it goes 1-0. We should be experienced enough to see it out and build on the 1-0. We should have been 2-0, 3-0, maybe 4-0 up at half time. We were dominating and it was up to us to take the chances but we also should be professional enough to win 1-0 if we have to.

“We will take the point and move on. We can’t dwell on it but it’s a huge disappointment.

“I’ve been in a Championship team that has come up and you want to frustrate the big teams and get that one chance you can get and that’s exactly what happened. Credit to them.

“They were great in the second half but we need to be so much more professional. We didn’t do that enough and that is frustrating.”

 

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