Glum Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool ‘DON’T DESERVE to play in the Champions League’ after fallen champions wasted a host of chances in damaging draw with Newcastle
- Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle feels like a defeat
- Joe Willock netted a last-gasp equaliser to earn the visitors a point at Anfield
- The Reds failed to put the game to bed after Mohamed Salah’s superb early goal
- Liverpool boss says they don’t deserve Champions League after missed chances
Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle feels like a defeat after the result put a major dent in their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Reds took the lead inside three minutes through Mohamed Salah but wasted a host of chances to put the match to bed and were punished with the last kick of the game as Joe Willock equalised for Newcastle.
Newcastle also had a goal disallowed for handball on Callum Wilson. The draw leaves Liverpool sixth in the Premier League table, and their manager insisted his team only had themselves to blame after dropping two points late on.
Jurgen Klopp admitted his side’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle felt like a defeat after a late equaliser
Joe Willock came off the bench to score a crucial 95th-minute goal for Newcastle at Anfield
‘I don’t think you can create much more chances, better chances, than we did today,’ Klopp said.
‘We don’t finish the game off. We scored a wonderful goal. We didn’t play enough, it’s not complicated. We kept them alive.
‘In the end, they deserved the goal because they scored before. It was unlucky for Wilson, but it’s handball.
‘We used the rules, but we didn’t even take the present. We gave away another chance, it doesn’t make sense.’
Diego Llorente celebrates after netting a late equaliser for Leeds to earn them a 1-1 draw
In their last Premier League match Liverpool conceded an 87th-minute equaliser against Leeds to draw 1-1, results which leave Klopp’s side with an uphill battle to finish in the top four.
The German boss admitted that he had no answer as to why his team were struggling to see out matches late on.
‘Why it happened, I don’t know. We just have to keep the ball. In a specific way, we don’t fight enough,’ Klopp said.
‘We had 70 per cent of the ball and we should have 80. We create a lot of chances, didn’t score with them, then you have to create more.
‘A missed chance is just information, that’s it. In the end it’s deserved. They fought for it, but we got nothing pretty much.
The result is a damaging one for Liverpool and their hopes of Champions League qualification
‘It’s a point but, like you said, it feels like a defeat. If you deserve (top four), you deserve it. I didn’t see that we deserve to play in the Champions League today.’
West Ham and Chelsea are both a point ahead of Liverpool in the table, and face each other later on Saturday evening.
Liverpool play Manchester United in their next match, travelling to Old Trafford next Sunday knowing that they will likely have to win all five of their remaining league matches to stand a chance of playing next season in the competition they won in 2019.
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