Klopp unconcerned by missed Liverpool chances

Date published: Thursday 31st December 2015 2:19

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is unconcerned by the missed chances during the 1-0 win at Sunderland on Wednesday night.

The Reds edged to a crucial away victory, but Christian Benteke – who scored the winning goal – and Roberto Firmino were guilty of missing gilt-edged chances which would have given Klopp’s men breathing space on Wearside.

But Klopp, who confirmed Daniel Sturridge could return to the squad for the trip to West Ham on Saturday, brushed off any concerns over his side’s profligacy in front of goal, despite scoring just 14 goals in 11 Premier League games.

“It’s normal that you miss chances, it’s about developing mentality together after that. We won’t talk about Sunderland game in 10 years,” Klopp told Thursday’s press conference.

“It is very important we don’t wait for the perfect game, that we work for the perfect game.

“If you don’t get an early goal you really have to work, speed up, slow down, it’s important to win games like yesterday (at Sunderland).”

“Previously we won games but were average, that’s not how it should be if you consistently want results.”

Despite being called a “soft German” by Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce after the 1-0 win on Wednesday, Klopp claimed he had no problem with the former Bolton boss.

“It’s not a problem to be called ‘soft German’ by Allardyce. It’s not the worst I’ve had but it’s the first time,” added Klopp.

“I have no arguments with the Sunderland bench and I have nothing more to say.”

Had things worked out differently, Klopp could have been in the home dugout for Saturday’s clash at Upton Park.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan revealed this week he approached Klopp in the summer about becoming Hammers boss but the German wanted a break after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

“In the summer I was not available,” said the German.

“I was sure I needed a few days for myself without thinking too much about football. That’s what I did.

“I’m a lucky guy so there was a lot of interest from different clubs. If West Ham will talk about this then they can do it. It’s a really good club but it was the wrong time for all the clubs, so nothing to do with West Ham or what I think about West Ham.”

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