Klopp makes honest admission, claims Liverpool must learn this from Chelsea
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that his side must learn from Chelsea’s defensive nous if they are to finish in the top four.
Liverpool were left to lament two defensive mishaps against Bournemouth as they drew 2-2 at Anfield.
First, Gini Wijnaldum played an atrocious back pass to allow Benik Afobe through in the eighth minute, handing the Cherries an early lead.
The Reds fought back and equalised late in the first half through Philippe Coutinho and then took the lead through Divock Origi in the second half.
But as Ragnar Klavan failed to clear, Josh King was able to sweep home in the 87th minute – rescuing a point for Bournemouth.
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Klopp took responsibility for his side’s loss but he also commented that Chelsea would not have made the same mistakes.
On talkSPORT he said: “Probably [if it was] Chelsea, for example, the opponent would not have the ball three times in the last 20 minutes.
“Yes, we don’t have this experience. Probably you need things like last night to get more experience than this, even though [the result] was not that good.”
Liverpool have now let 15 points slip from similar positions and defensive mistakes have become a regular occurrence.
Although they sit third after the draw, two points clear of Manchester City in fourth, Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.
Next up for Klopp’s Reds is a trip to the Britannia to take on 12th-placed Stoke City, as Liverpool look to extend their unbeaten run to six games.
In other Liverpool news, Klavan defends Klopp’s tactical switch v Bournemouth.