Two things are bothering Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp right now: His team’s inability to score against Burnley, and the media’s obsession with transfer talk.
Despite dominating possession in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Burnley and creating numerous chances throughout the match, Klopp's men were unable to find the back of the net, while also conceding two goals from the only two shots on target their opponents managed.
The German knows that if his team is to deliver on the promise they showed in the latter part of last season as well as the first match of the current one against Arsenal, they will need to become sharper in their opponents' third of the pitch.
Klopp: "We have to show we want to be in this competition. It's about respecting the game & working hard." pic.twitter.com/hHE6pWAunC
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"If you think it's God's judgement that you don't score with 80 per cent of possession then you have a big problem," he said at a press conference. "We have to do better.
"We did a lot of good things, but at the end we made the wrong decisions. In two or three situations we had too many players involved outside the box and not in the box, that makes absolutely no sense.
"We have to stay calm. I have lost a few games in my life, and I accept that I will lose a few more in the future. You can lose a game.
"Nobody wants the information we got from Burnley, but we got it and now we have to use it and find a way to win.
"My job is to bring the players in and around the box, with movement. But then we have to use our skills in the most decisive area."
Klopp again referencing improvements on the training pitch as being the priority rather than transfers. #LFC
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Klopp also grew frustrated when asked about the transfer window, and whether he still wanted to bring in more players.
“If one game should change my mind then I would be a real idiot,” he said. “I know you would all buy a left-back but a midfielder?
“Emre Can was on the bench, he had a back problem, Lucas Leiva is injured and you ask me for a hard midfield player. The answer is I don’t know – we will see.”
Klopp then took aim at the media, saying they were too obsessed with talk of transfers:
“I wait for the day when the transfer window is closed. I can’t believe how obsessed you all are with this.”
“What will happen we will see, I don’t know in this moment, but we do not have a preferred position to sign players.”
Jurgen Klopp blasts the "obsessed" media for continued transfer speculation at his press conference this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/G5YOnLIekp
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The Reds take on Burton Albion on Tuesday in the second round of the EFL Cup and Klopp is glad to have the opportunity to deliver a better performance so soon after the loss.
"It's good that in football that you have the chance to show in the next game," he added. "Of course we will make changes, [but] it's not likely that we will change seven or eight positions."