It’s just a flesh wound.
At his pre-Aston Villa press conference, Jürgen Klopp was bombarded with questions over Liverpool’s desire after losing to Manchester City so heavily on Thursday. Barely a journalist on the call even brought up Villa.
Each new faceless voice essentially asked the manager to repeat what he had already said multiple times about his team’s resolve and the coaching staff’s determination to keep the players in top form for the remaining games. Klopp handled it well, though, only obviously tempering emotion after he was asked to overanalyse something Jordan Henderson said.
The manager was clearly frustrated with Liverpool’s result immediately following the match but he said that once he hit the training ground on Friday morning, the anger fog had lifted.
“I was not in a good mood after the game,” said Klopp. “I was not in a really good mood when I went to bed. I was not in a really good mood when I woke up. And then I arrived at Melwood and I was in a really good mood and I asked myself, ‘Why?’ Because here we change things.
“So, the mood is okay. When you lose a game it feels like it feels. We didn’t take it that easy last night but meanwhile I’ve had a little more time to think about the game.
“The problem with post-match interviews is that you go inside, have a minute, and then go outside and have all the interviews and you still have all the impressions of the game.
“This game last night, we lost in key moments. In these key moments City were better than us. Apart from that, we were good.
“We had more chances than we had when we won 3-1 at home but we gave 4 goals away. And then you cannot win against City.
“So that’s two things, one is the feeling and the other is the facts. Both are important and we will use both.”