Klopp: Henderson absence was not the reason Liverpool lost

Date published: Monday 2nd March 2020 1:04

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Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Watford was down to the absence of Jordan Henderson or James Milner.

Liverpool were on a 44-game unbeaten run and the champions-elect were aiming to match Manchester City’s run of 19 consecutive wins – only to be on the wrong end of a humbling.

For a team brushing aside all-comers in the league since losing at the Etihad Stadium in January 2019, Klopp’s men were second-best for almost the entire game.

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Klopp told a press conference on Monday: “Jordan and Milly were in the dressing room (at Watford).

“I love that Hendo is getting recognition now in his absence, but his absence and Milly was not the reason we lost. We didn’t deliver. We’re not blind, we saw that.”

Klopp on youngsters playing in FA Cup: “The defeat (to Watford) has nothing to do with tomorrow night. We have no clue what Chelsea are doing so why should Chelsea know what we are doing?

“The line-up will be shown tomorrow night, not now and here.

“We always play the team that will give us the best opportunity to get to the next rounds, for different reasons.

“We always play the team we feel can win the game (in the Cup).”


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