Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s ‘ridiculous mistakes’ are ‘nothing to do with motivation’ as the leaders opened up a 19-point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at West Ham.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Divock Origi was brought down in the penalty area, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled the visitors lead at the London Stadium following a superb outside-of-the-foot pass from Salah early in the second half.
Liverpool‘s victory was their 15th in succession in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run to 41 games, the club’s record-breaking start to the season seeing the club closing on an elusive league title.
The league leaders largely dominated proceedings against their struggling opponents, though some slack defending saw Alisson twice called into action to deny Declan Rice, while Trent Alexander-Arnold almost scored an inadvertent own goal by hitting his own post when attempting to clear.
Despite the mistakes, Klopp insists his side are not lacking for motivation and says personal errors come from simply allowing concentration levels to slip during their periods of domination.
“It’s not a motivational problem for us,” Klopp said at his post-match press conference. “The difficulty was to get the rhythm, keep rhythm and to stay concentrated. I think their biggest chances we gave them.
“These boys I’d give them my kids to take care of them. I trust them 100 per cent but in these situations they still make these ridiculous mistakes. It’s nothing to do with motivation. It’s just staying concentrated when you are constantly in charge that’s so difficult.”