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Jurgen Klopp: Why we lost the game away at Newcastle United


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team was not creative enough in their 2-0 away defeat against Newcastle United.

The Reds had a very good opportunity to move closer to the top four but struggled to hit top gear as they allowed the hosts to score two goals in the second half of the game.

The defeat means Liverpool stay in seventh, six points from fourth-placed Manchester United.

"Nearly everything [went wrong], I would say – the start, the middle and the end," Klopp said.

"This was obviously not a really good football game. It was 50 per cent because of Newcastle, 50 per cent because of Liverpool.

"In a situation like Newcastle's, it's absolutely okay to play like this because they didn't do too badly.

"They were playing build-up, they didn't create chances, but we didn't create chances either.

"It was an open game but no rhythm from our side; our defending in the last line was good, the middle didn't defend well together, our midfield pressing was not good, I couldn't see offensive pressing.

"We always had to run the long way in defence. Dejan, Martin and the two full-backs did a really good job.

"But we were not creative enough so we had no chances and they got the goal and it was something like a Christmas present

"The second goal I'm not interested in, it's normal, a counter-attack. We have to take this game and think about why it happened – that's not the biggest issue in the world.

"I have seen worse games in my life. It was not easy, the situation was not easy. We had to change, not because of the last game against Southampton but because of all the games we have.

"We have to rotate and change players – sometimes it works perfectly and sometimes not, it's not about the players.

"We have to think if we made something wrong before the game, if we have it's an easy change. If not, we have to find another reason, that's all."

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