Crystal Palace defeat a blessing for Liverpool, says Lawrenson

The former star believes Jurgen Klopp was sending his players a message with his comments about fans leaving early.

Writing in the Liverpool Echo, Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool’s defeat to Crystal Palace could be a good thing for the side.

They were beaten 2-1 by Alan Pardew’s men before the international break, their first defeat since Jurgen Klopp took charge at Anfield.

It was yet another disappointing display against the Eagles, who have enjoyed several impressive victories against the Reds in recent seasons.

The loss was an especially disappointing one for the Liverpool fan base, who had been optimistic with the steady start Klopp has made to his reign in England.

Lawrenson though, says the defeat could prove a blessing in disguise as there was a danger fans were getting carried away.

“Last week's defeat to Crystal Palace could be regarded as something of a blessing in disguise,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“There was a danger some supporters were becoming a little carried away by the progress made under Jurgen Klopp. It merely fits the current trend for instant gratification, certainly in the Premier League.”

The former defender also believes that the German boss was giving his players a message with his comments about fans leaving early.

The defeat to Palace saws Reds fans leaving Anfield early, sparking comments from Klopp that some took as a criticism of the crowd.

Lawrenson though, believes that instead he was sensing his own players a message about the kind of team he wants them to be.

“Whether deliberately or not, he prompted discussion concerning Liverpool fans with his comments after the Palace loss,” he added.

“For me, it was more a message to the players. He was saying Liverpool should have a team that keeps fighting until the every end and is capable of turning a game around with two goals in the last 10 minutes.”

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