Jurgen Klopp insists he has no doubt about his Liverpool players despite the club’s unbeaten run ending with a shock loss at Watford last weekend.
The Premier League leaders were beaten for the first time in the league in over a year, a stunning 3-0 reverse at Vicarage Road ending their 44-match undefeated record in the top flight and bringing a halt to run of 18 consecutive victories.
Despite the poor performance, however, Klopp insists he did not get ‘angry’ with his players in a post-match meeting, and speaking ahead of tonight’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the German is hopeful his side can bounce back following a constructive post-match meeting.
“It can happen that I get angry with the players, but I didn’t get angry with the players in this meeting,” Klopp said at his pre match press conference.
“From a common-sense point of view, if I go in that meeting and shout at them like they have lost the last 10 games in a row because of a bad attitude, that would be really strange.
“I am not interested that after the meeting I feel better. I am interested in the boys getting the right information and it can be more emotional – I would not say angry – or less emotional.
“If you need to analyse, you analyse and analysis is not really emotional. It is looking at the facts and we were just not good enough. That is the easy answer.”
Klopp added that he retains full faith his squad despite the loss at the relegation-threatened Hornets, insisting he would be ‘a real idiot’ to doubt the Reds ‘character’ following their record-breaking start to the season.
“There was no applause. They don’t come to me and say, ‘That was a great meeting boss’,” he added.
“Of course, they want to strike back. This is an exceptional group of players. The situation we are in is special. Who can give us advice?
“We came through an incredible long period with incredible performances, sensational football, wonderful goals, great success – until this point.
“I am not a little bit in doubt about the character of the boys and I would be a real idiot if I would be to be honest because they deserve my trust, my faith and they don’t lose it after a bad game.”