Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was impressed by his team’s showing in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday, but believes they “lost patience”.
The Reds went behind just past the half-hour mark when Eden Hazard wriggled through the defence and picked out the bottom corner, before Christian Benteke salvaged a point with a last-gasp equaliser.
“The first 15 minutes were great – wonderful football without scoring,” Klopp said. “We showed in the first 15 minutes what we are capable of but obviously, we were surprised about ourselves. There was not enough trust and faith in our own quality.
“So we lost patience and when you lose patience in football it’s always difficult. With patience, we lost formation; we had a lot of moments around the box when we shot when we should have still passed. Chelsea showed a lot of their usual quality. It was then difficult for us.
“I love this stadium and I love this atmosphere, but everybody lost patience tonight – the crowd too. It’s quite difficult when you have the ball and the manager says you need to be patient and everybody shouts ‘run!’ That’s a little bit difficult. We all don’t trust finally our quality.
“We can learn this in the future and I’m pretty sure we will, because if you don’t think you need to score in each situation because you know you have the players on the pitch to create chances and score goals, you could celebrate other situations.
“We have to build on these very positive signs that the boys gave us in the last few months. But there’s still a way to go, of course.”