LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that his side must improve their commitment levels if they are to make progress this season following a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.
Klopp has identified this month’s games as crucial to Liverpool’s campaign, with a League cup semi-final against Stoke City and an FA Cup trip to Exeter City while there are also potentially tough league meetings with Arsenal and Manchester United.
And he has demanded immediate improvements after seeing his side undone by headed goals from Michail Antonio and former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll at Upton Park on Saturday.
“It’s no day for being disappointed, it’s a day for being angry,” said the German, who has now overseen four Premier League defeats in his fledgling Liverpool tenure.
“We had the ball and possession and bad luck in a few situations, but that’s not what I want to see, to be honest. You have to be there in the decisive moments.
“I know about the things in football and today (Saturday) it’s our responsibly. My English is not good enough to process all the information that’s going around me in this moment.
“It was bad, I told the players after the game. Summary: ‘Not enough.’”
Klopp was particularly unhappy with his side’s defending after they conceded both goals to headers and struggled to deal with the aerial threat of Carroll throughout the afternoon.
“We could have done much better,” he said.
“If you fight in these moments, but at 100 percent — 95 percent is not enough. Who wants to see 95 percent? — that’s what we have to do.
“If you know in the other team there’s Andy Carroll, then how can you allow crosses? There was bad defending from my side. It’s about my responsibility. I am really angry about myself today.
“When I talk about defending I don’t want to use words like nasty and ugly. It’s football, defending. I was a defender and I enjoyed it.