Jurgen Klopp insists Brentford deserved to take a point from his Liverpool side in a ‘wild ride’ clash, while admitting they struggled to ‘handle the long balls’
- Jurgen Klopp thinks Brentford deserved a point after their 3-3 draw
- Klopp admits his Liverpool side struggled with Brentford’s long balls
- Liverpool boss thinks Mohamed Salah should have scored another goal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted Brentford deserved to take a point out of proceedings after an exciting 3-3 draw.
Klopp stressed that Liverpool found it difficult to deal with Brentford’s long balls.
The Reds were retained for the second time this season, with substitute Yoane Wissa scoring a late equalizer for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp admitted Brentford deserved a point after a 3-3 draw
Ethan Pinnock put Brentford ahead in the 27th minute, but Diogo Jota tied the score for Liverpool four minutes later.
Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 2-1 with his 100th Premier League goal for the club, but Brentford responded via Vitaly Janelt.
A long-range attempt by Curtis Jones gave Liverpool the lead before Wissa intervened.
Klopp was asked on Sky Sports if he liked the game.
He said, “I’m not sure enjoy is the right word, but it was a wild ride. They deserved their three goals for the way they played.
“We couldn’t handle the long balls for several reasons; we should have scored more goals, we had incredible opportunities. They deserved it, we played offensively and I don’t think we could have controlled them much better with the ball.’
Klopp added that Liverpool found it difficult to deal with the long balls Brentford played
Klopp acknowledged that Liverpool struggled to contain Brentford’s attacking threat.
Klopp said: ‘We couldn’t handle them defensively. These things happen, it was a brilliant game, the pass from Robbo to Diogo to Sadio and then Mo, it was brilliant football. Mo normally scores in these situations, but not today. I liked how we played together up front, we should have scored more. If we won 3-2 or 4-3, we still struggle defensively, they did very well.
“It was difficult for the boys. In these situations we can do better, but we have not done that today and it is not satisfying. Spectacular game and Brentford deserved the point. That’s right, I have no problem accepting that. If you play this kind of football, Sadio’s top ball, that’s football. We deserved to win today as we had a lot more chances than Brentford. In the end there were situations that we could have done better.’
Mohamed Salah scored one goal for Liverpool, but he should have added another
The Liverpool boss added that Salah should have scored one more time, with his effort landing on the roof of the net.
“Mo sees it that way too, he would like to have 101 today. So many good football moments that it is strange to analyze. The way they defend is not easy to play, but we need to defend the first and second balls better. We couldn’t sort it today. We saw it, we told the boys at halftime and we mastered it better, but in these situations they were all dangerous.’
Klopp was pleased with Jones’ performance, with the young midfielder making a good fool of himself.
He said: ‘He played a good game, made brilliant connections in general and so did this screamer. Which is good. The goals we scored, what a pass from Fabinho, fantastic cross from Hendo for Diogo but we have to accept that. Brentford put on an incredible performance but it was too difficult for us defensively today.”
Despite dropping points, Liverpool remain leaders in the Premier League – taking 14 points from six games.
Brentford, meanwhile, is in ninth place with nine points.