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Sports Klopp laments slump after Liverpool is held by leader Man U

01:10  18 january  2021
01:10  18 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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© Getty Images Jurgen Klopp watches on as Liverpool are held by Fulham. It is that half an hour period that Klopp believes decided the game, though he was more impressed with what his players produced during the remainder of the 90 minutes as they pinched a draw through Mohamed Salah's

Four games without a win for the first time since 2017. Three games without scoring for the first time since 2005.

a group of people playing football on a field © Provided by The Canadian Press

The dominance of last season is becoming a distant memory for the defending Premier League champions.

Liverpool's 0-0 draw with leader Manchester United saw Jürgen Klopp's team drop to fourth behind Manchester City, which thrashed Crystal Palace on Sunday, and Leicester.

“There is nothing fundamentally different, it is just the result is different," Klopp said. "We have not to worry about it, but we obviously have to ignore the fact and hope it will be good again.

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© Getty Images Jurgen Klopp watches on as Liverpool are held by Fulham. It is that half an hour period that Klopp believes decided the game, though he was more impressed with what his players produced during the remainder of the 90 minutes as they pinched a draw through Mohamed Salah's

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious with referee Michael Oliver after Chelsea pegged his side back to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. "I think it could have helped a lot where Willian was with the ball so that 's why I was angry." Nevertheless, after a humiliating

“We did that, but the only possibility we have is to create situations and be ready to fail and do it again. That is a massive difference to when you are flying, because then you deal with the missed chances better."

Targets are being revised, it seems, with a top-four finish the priority.

“We spoke about the fight for the Champions League, so that’s the most important thing and for that you need points,” Klopp said. "It’s not about, ‘If we don’t become champions, it’s not fun anymore.’ That’s not like it is. We just fight for everything and I saw that tonight again. That’s all I need.”

This is a team — albeit depleted by injuries — that won the title by 18 points in July to end Liverpool's 30-year title drought.

“I know that football fans in general are not the most patient species on the planet — they want to win each football game," Klopp said. “I am not very different to that, but I’m long enough in the business to know that you have to go through more difficult periods as well. And it’s not the most difficult in my life — not even close to it.”

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Liverpool host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Red Devils sit top of the table, three points above their third-placed rivals. Jurgen Klopp is enjoying being the chaser again as Manchester United face Liverpool as Premier League leaders for the first time since 2013.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endured many difficulties but has now been in charge of United more than two years and leading the club's first credible title challenge since Alex Ferguson retired with the Premier League trophy in his hands in 2013.

Only Alisson Becker's fine saves from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba prevented United being the first team to win at Anfield since 2017.

“We were a bit disappointed in the performance, not just the result," Solskjaer said. “We didn’t do well enough to cause them problems in the first half, but we defended well and they didn’t create too many chances.

“We know we have players who can win you a game in the blink of a second and Bruno and Paul almost did."

CITY ROUT

There was no shortage of goals for United's crosstown rival, although they can from a rare source: John Stones.

It's taken until halfway through his fifth season at the club to finally score in the league — and he did so twice after finally breaking his duck.

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There was nothing unfamiliar about the provider of the defender's first in the 26th minute. Kevin De Bruyne contributed his 100th assist for City with a cross curled to the head of Stones.

After Ilkay Gündogan netted 11 minutes into the second half, Stones was on target again in the 68th after Ruben Dias' header was parried.

There was a stylish conclusion to the rout with Raheem Sterling curling in a free kick in the 88th at the Etihad, which remains closed to fans like all stadiums in England.

GOAL OF SEASON CONTENDER

Tanguy Ndombele audaciously flicked over goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from a tight angle to complete Tottenham’s 3-1 victory at last-place Sheffield United. It gave Jose Mourinho’s fifth-place side a first away success in the Premier League in two months.

Mourinho has previously criticized the contribution of Ndombele, who became the club's record signing in 2019 when he joined for 60 million euros (then $68 million), months before the Portuguese took charge.

“I coach for so many years, had so many players and I have enough experience to say and to feel that when a player is not playing very well, it’s his responsibility," Mourinho said, "and when a player turns things around and brings his performance level to a very high level, it’s also his responsibility.

“It’s a great example that with me the door is always open. The door of the team is always open, and when a player is not playing he has to try to understand why and he has to try to understand how can he walk through that door. He understood."

The second-half goal came just when Tottenham looked set for another shaky finish after David McGoldrick’s header reduced the deficit three minutes earlier following first-half goals from Serge Aurier and Harry Kane for Tottenham.

“The goal is amazing, but I don’t care about the goal,” Mourinho said. "I care about the performance and the performance was magnificent and I’m really pleased that he’s come to this level."

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Rob Harris, The Associated Press

No Van Dijk and no Gomez so why hasn't 'consistent' Van den Berg got a look in at Liverpool? .
The Dutchman joined the Reds as a player of big potential in 2019, but has made only four senior appearances so far despite a defensive injury crisisCalm but aggressive, smart on the ball and strong in the air.

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