Klopp feared Sevilla-style collapse against Brighton

Date published: Monday 4th December 2017 9:48

Jurgen Klopp feared that his Liverpool side would suffer another collapse against Brighton on Saturday.

The Reds cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Seagulls, but the hosts were not without their chances.

Glenn Murray missed a number of presentable opportunities, one proving incredibly costly as Liverpool broke to extend their lead to 3-0 within a minute.

Liverpool eventually won 5-1 and Philippe Coutinho was crowned our early winner, with Murray scoring a consolation penalty.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think ‘yeah…’,” Klopp said when asked whether he feared his players would spurn the sort of lead that saw them draw 3-3 with Sevilla after winning 3-0. “When you have it one time, unfortunately you need a little bit to get completely rid of this feeling.

“It’s not that I thought it would happen 100 per cent. We were 2-0 up at half-time, made it 3-0 shortly after and usually that’s it, especially how we scored it as well.

“They had a big chance, then we make a counter-attack and score – boom. That’s really hard to cope with for the other team.

“Then they make it 3-1, and while the lead was not really insecure, it’s not that I thought it could not happen, because a few weeks ago it happened.

“We needed this so we don’t have the Sevilla game in our mind completely.”


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