Urgen Klopp says his Liverpool side’s “attitude was not good” after starting their Premier League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Fulham.
The newly-promoted side dominated the first half and took a deserved lead through Aleksandar Mitrovic, and while the Reds improved after the break and equalized through impressive substitute Darwin Nunez, they still needed from a late equalizer from Mo Salah to save a point after Mitrovic had scored again from the penalty spot.
Liverpool had looked in good form beating Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, but showed little of that form in their League opener and, after missing the title by a single point the season Last, Klopp was appalled by his side’s display.
“It was about the result, actually we get a point from a really bad game for my side, and now it’s about how can that happen?” Klopp told BT Sport.
“The attitude wasn’t the right one at first, then we wanted to fight back but it’s no longer easy.
“The result is good, I don’t think we really deserved more than that, but the performance was massively improving.”
He added: “I would have liked to score three points but I would have liked to play really well much more.
“It’s my responsibility to find out why we played a very good game last Saturday, a surprisingly good game for where we were, and seven days later it’s upside down. It makes no sense.
“I feel much more responsible for defeats than for victories. The performance [felt like] a defeat, the result was not.
Liverpool’s afternoon was made worse by Thiago Alcantara who limped off at the start of the second half. Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita were already missing from the Reds through injury or illness, but Klopp suggested the club are unlikely to seek a midfield addition in the final weeks of the transfer window.
“A transfer doesn’t make sense now or in the long term,” said the German. “We have eight midfielders, we have enough midfielders, it’s just that a lot of them are injured.
“It’s not a situation that I like at all, [but] don’t panic.”