Liverpool media round-up: Klopp comments on title chances and Newcastle defeat

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told the Daily Telegraph that his side were never title contenders after they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of struggling Newcastle United at St James's Park yesterday. 

It brought the Reds back down to earth after a series of good away performances against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton in recent weeks.

Klopp is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: “I didn’t hear anybody on this side of the table talking about it. I have no problem with anything you might talk about, but please don’t ask me now about this - I didn’t say before we were title contenders, so why I should say now that we’re not.

“We played this game today and at this moment I’m trying to understand why. Everything is usually okay, but this team with a big quality and we like to work together, but today we weren’t very good. We can’t ignore that."

Yesterday's performance was easily the worst under the German as they suffered only their second defeat under the former Borussia Dortmund manager. 

Klopp was visibly displeased by what he saw from his side as they failed to offer much end product in the final third, and wasn't satisfied with the pressing from his side, but wasn't too critical of his defence.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: “Obviously it was not a good football game. That was 50 per cent because of Newcastle and 50 per cent because of Liverpool.

“They didn’t really create chances, but neither did we. It was an open game, but there was no rhythm from us in our game.

“Our defending in the last line was good, but our midfield pressing was not good, and I couldn’t see offensive pressing. Dejan, Martin and the two full backs did a good job, but we were not creative enough, so we had no chances.”

Klopp was pretty frank in the assessment of the Reds' performance, saying that the beginning, middle and the end went wrong, even if he did bemoan Alberto Moreno's effort being wrongly chalked off for offside.

Next up for the Reds is a Europa League game against Sion in Switzerland on Thursday before they return to Premier League action on Sunday when they face West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. 

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