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Jurgen Klopp takes positives from Liverpool defeat to Man Utd ahead of huge Tottenham clash


Liverpool suffered another painful loss on Sunday evening (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp was keen to take the positives out of Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, insisting that it was good preparation for the huge Premier League clash with Tottenham this week.

The Reds continued their poor run of results with a 3-2 loss to Man Utd in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

The Premier League champions took the lead through Mohamed Salah and the Egyptian scored again to equalise at 2-2, but a late Bruno Fernandes free-kick won it for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Liverpool have now picked up just one win in their last seven matches, in all competitions, droppinng out of the FA Cup and to fourth in the Premier League.

Klopp takes his men to Tottenham on Thursday night with Spurs hoping to leapfrog them in the table, piling on more misery for Liverpool fans, but the German is looking on the bright side.

He feels that the counter-attacking style of United is ideal preparation to take on Jose Mourinho’s team, even if the result didn’t go their way on Sunday.

‘We can take positives out of this game, of course – I saw a lot of steps in the right direction and that’s all good,’ Klopp told a post-match press conference.

‘It was good preparation for the Tottenham game with their counter-attacking threat.

‘We know exactly what we have to work on. If you are in a situation you don’t like, you want to get out of it. We want to get out of it and for that we have to make steps. Tonight we made these steps – not the final ones, but we made steps and that’s for the moment OK.’

Klopp is clearly not under pressure in terms of his job, after winning the Premier League and Champions League in the last three seasons, and he insists this dip in form will be worked through and his squad will return to their best soon.

‘There’s no doubt about my trust,’ he said. ‘But trust doesn’t mean we are not critical of ourselves, it’s not that I say, ‘You did everything right in the last few years so now I don’t care if you made some mistakes.’ That’s not like this.

Bruno Fernandes scored the winner in a dramatic game at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We are really in the situation 100 per cent. But you don’t have to worry about us, as a group we are really together. We know it. If I have a problem, we have a problem. If one player has a problem, we have a problem.

‘That’s all our problem at the moment so we have to sort it together and that’s what we will do. Nobody thinks about the very good things that happened in the last few years – nobody.

‘We are just in this moment and try to win football games again. That’s all.’

Liverpool must get back to winning ways in the Premier League to keep their defence of their title alive, with games against West Ham, Brighton, Manchester City and Leicester City following the trip to Spurs.


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