Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he told his Liverpool players to “do what you can” at half-time against Norwich.
The Reds prevailed courtesy of Adam Lallana’s last-gasp strike against relegation-embattled Norwich on Saturday, winning 5-4 after heading into the break 2-1 down.
Klopp believes his side’s defending was improved, yet still they were susceptible and were 2-1 down at half-time when the German told his players to go for broke.
“We were really angry with ourselves at half-time,” Klopp began. “I said: ‘Come on, do what you want, but if you lose today, we’re flying flags (at half mast). Go and do what you can and if they get another two, then it is, but try everything’.”
Liverpool’s inability to defend set pieces emerged once again at Carrow Road, with Diumerci Mbokani scoring from a corner, and Sebastien Bassong equalising from a free-kick situation to make it 4-4 in stoppage time, this before Lallana’s dramatic winner.
“It’s really frustrating. It’s not something I like to make jokes about, our defence,” Klopp added.
“I was an under-average player, but if I was good at something it was defending set-plays. It’s not that difficult.
“Now you saw it’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Everybody’s talking about it, we’re thinking about it.
“We know how to defend. We have to do it now.”
Klopp, whose glasses broke in celebrating the winner, refused to look too far ahead, with a place at Wembley at stake against Stoke City in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.
The German added: “It’s a long way for us. We cannot see where (the season) will end, especially without glasses.”