Klopp: Defending was the ‘biggest rubbish ever’

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 4:40

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s defending from set pieces as “the biggest rubbish ever” after beating Norwich 5-4.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead at Carrow Road before going 3-1 down just before the hour-mark, only for Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino to draw the scores level at 3-3 after 63 minutes.

James Milner then scored to make it 4-3, before Sebastien Bassong scored in the second minute of stoppage time to make it 4-4.

But Adam Lallana scored a dramatic winner three minutes later to crown a remarkable game, one in which Liverpool again failed to adequately defend against corners and free-kicks.

“We [me and my coaching staff] have had a few games with a similar story like this, we need to think whether it is because of us,” Klopp told BBC Sport.

“It was exciting until the end and longer. We had a win after 90 mins, a draw after 92 and then a win again. It is not usual.

“There was about 70 minutes that were really good. We started well but then conceded the goals. Conceding four goals in general is not good. Conceding from set plays is the biggest rubbish ever because it is too easy for the other team.

“Usually we concede from the corner but now it was from the second ball, we were like rabbits in the headlights. We won the game, in the end it was deserved. The players played under big pressure and scoring five goals is not too easy. We did it.

“I was really surprised because the story of the game was not that we could make time pay. It was an open game, 90 minutes thank you and go but five? That’s hard.

“It is not too easy to judge and stay cool in a game like this. I asked why five minutes. I was not satisfied with the answer, the referee was not satisfied with the question.

“We needed luck at the end and we had it.”

Klopp also questioned the awarding of five minutes of stoppage time post-match, while Matt Stead wonders how the potential signing of Alex Teixeira will solve any of Liverpool’s problems.

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