Klopp clarifies Anfield atmosphere comments

Jurgen Klopp has clarified his comments calling for the Liverpool fans to improve the atmosphere at Anfield this week.

Liverpool take on leaders Arsenal in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday evening, with just a point separating the two teams.


Klopp this week called on the Liverpool supporters to be vocal in their support of his side against the Gunners, after flat atmospheres in fixtures with Manchester United and West Ham over the past week.

Asked at his pre-game press conference to expand on those comments, the German said: “I don’t order atmospheres. But we had two home games in a row [a 0-0 draw against Manchester United followed by West Ham] and in those two home games we had 62 finishes (chances). That is pretty special. Imagine if we had scored them all? That would have been ridiculous.

“So you will have these moments when you create a chance and you miss it.

“I am pretty sure not everyone is thinking ‘oh my god, Klopp is right’. It’s not about that, it is my feeling directly after a game. It was exactly like that.

“I turned around because people were talking after we had missed a chance. I turned around and people were like flat. What do you want? Creating a chance is the closest you can get to scoring a goal.

“We are in a pretty good position in the league, maybe quicker than what people expected. The difference for me is, if you have a chance and you miss it it is like ‘ohhh’ [shrugs]. But after that the stadium goes bonkers because immediately we go for the next chance. That is the difference.

“It is no criticism. I have enjoyed 99.7% of each second in that stadium. I love it to bits. The atmosphere and these people. I am happy with everything, but if people can do better then show us. That is all.

“If people wanted to understand me right I think it was possible, and if not then not. I cannot change that.

“I have nothing more to say about the atmosphere. What I said is that we need Anfield tomorrow [against Arsenal]. That is 100% true and I can’t wait for when the first whistle goes.”

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