Kloop Admits Liverpool’s Woes

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his players struggled to cope with Arsenal’s game plan in Saturday’s Community Shield debacle.

The Gunners claimed their 16th Community Shield title after triumphing 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw during regulation time.

The defeat means Liverpool’s wait for a first Community Shield continues after last winning it in 2006.

And the former Borussia Dortmund coach thinks Liverpool could have got more goals to avoid taking the game to penalties, but admitted Arsenal’s shape caused them problems.

“For these type of games you need the final punch,” he told BT Sport.

“We created enough, had the ball quite a lot, but had to be careful of their counter-attack.

“We deserved the equaliser and could have scored more but we didn’t do that.

“When you play against a formation like this then you need to be really fresh in the final third and you need to force it, create angles.

“The rhythm for that fell a little bit. Today it was not enough.”

Klopp continued: “A penalty shoot-out is always a little bit of a lottery and we were unlucky there, so congratulations to Arsenal, that is how it is. We respect the competition.”

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