Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted ‘massive mistakes’ cost his side their place in the FA Cup, the Reds losing 2-0 to an impressive Chelsea outfit at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Jurgen Klopp selected back up ‘keeper Adrian ahead of regular number one, Alisson, and the Spanish ‘keeper would make his presence known early on, brilliantly applying a rock solid right hand to prevent a thunderous Willian strike flying into the net.
However, almost immediately afterwards, Adrian would drop a clanger, getting his handling all wrong from a routine Willian strike from the edge of the area, and the Blues found themselves one up after 13 minutes.
In what was a hugely entertaining first 45 minutes played out between two teams intent on playing high-energy, attacking football, Chelsea would go in at the break ahead, although Frank Lampard had under-fire ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank, the 25-year-old making a superb treble save to prevent Liverpool equalising.
Chelsea seemed to grow in confidence during the second period, the Blues’ high-press causing the league leaders all sorts of problems, with the hugely impressive 18-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour pulling the strings in the midfield.
That first half performance from Billy Gilmour 😍
— Goal (@goal) March 3, 2020
Lampard’s side would deservedly go further ahead in the 64th minute through Ross Barkley, the England international bursting forward unopposed and smashing home from the edge of the area.
Liverpool boss Klopp called on the big guns with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah coming off the bench, but it would be Chelsea who looked the more likely to score Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud both seeing efforts strike the crossbar.
Liverpool have now lost three of their last four matches.
As many as they had in their previous 66 combined.
What’s gone wrong? 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/L03TBDIvH7
— Goal (@goal) March 3, 2020
Liverpool boss Klopp was tetchy in his post-match interview, but the German admitted his side had deserved to lose and urged them to bounce back from their recent losses to Atletico Madrid and Watford over the coming weeks.
“I would really like if you stop mentioning it (the Watford loss). But we deserved to lose because they scored twice and we made massive mistakes for both goals,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
“After that it was a completely open game, we had three-four shots in a row in the first half and Sadio Mane was close to finishing but the intensity of the game is why we made some changes.
”We needed fresh legs and then it needs to settle a bit but conceding does not help. The boys reacted well, I liked it but the second goal is a problem and Chelsea defended physically well.
“We are not unlucky in these moments, we looked good and Adrian made a superb save initially before the first goal. We have to be ready in the moments. We played Chelsea and they play in counter-attacks and that is OK, in moments they struggled with us. A lot of parts of the performance I really liked.
”We know we have to improve, it is not about destiny, not about not clicking here or there, it is all about us and we have to take it in the right way. It is not the best three weeks of the whole season but it is a chance to make it the best three weeks now and that is the plan.”