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Jurgen Klopp felt his team should have taken a penalty in the 1-0 loss to Southampton, but gave a brutally honest assessment of his team’s poor performance.
Liverpool’s Premier League title defense suffered a setback as they fell in their second defeat of the season at St Mary’s.
Danny Ings’s superb second-minute ball over Reds goalkeeper Alisson from a James Ward-Prowse free kick set the game against his former club.
Klopp’s team is still top of the table on goal difference, but has only earned two points out of the last nine available.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City will surpass the reigning champions if they win their matches in hand.
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Talking to BBC Sport after the game, Klopp said: “What was the disappointment? How much time do we have? The beginning, obviously. Not just the goal but the start in general. Congratulations to Southampton, they deserved it.
“You know exactly what you are going to get from them, it may not surprise you but we look surprised. In the beginning, how we played, where we lost our balls, it’s not rocket science. We should have done much better. We play in your hands from the beginning.
“They put in a lot of work. Our decision making was not good. This is when you have no drive. We should have had many more opportunities.
“They are outstanding players but they were not prepared from the beginning. Sadio Mane should have had a penalty tonight, and there was handball, I have no idea.
“It’s not an excuse for acting, but you can get a point if you get it. Now we have to show a reaction. “
Henderson blames the bad start
Captain Jordan Henderson, who played the entire game at center-back, felt another bad start cost the Reds.
He said Sky sports: “Starting slowly in games is not us. We didn’t score again, we’ve had chances and we haven’t gotten the ball into the back of the net in the last two games.
“We knew they would come out fast but we were careless, we gave away one or two free throws and they punish you in this league.
“It’s difficult in a different position, I just tried to do my best.”