Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he has taken two 'important' things away from Sunday's Premier League defeat at the hands of Southampton.
Speaking to the club's official website, the German coach, who watched his side surrender a two-goal lead against Saints, claims that it's crucial that the club don't forget their first-half showing.
The Reds were in cruise control at the interval thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, but they were pegged back in the second half and went on to lose the game by three goals to two.
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However, a buoyant Klopp has insisted that everything will be alright if his side continue to play football like they did in the opening 45 minutes.
The revered manager stated: “We can say we have to have more killer instinct in the first half or we have to play better in the second half. Both are true and both we will try in the future.
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“Two things are important – we didn’t get the points and that’s not too good; on the other side, we saw how well we can play football, which we should not forget.
“I know the result is not what we wanted but we have to accept it this season, we have to take what we can get and not think always now the top four, ‘yes, no, perhaps, I don’t know’.
“Play football like we did in the first half, score goals and everybody will enjoy it and then everything is OK.”
Klopp insisted that it's 'normal' to lose against Southampton, claiming that other teams have previously lost at St Mary's.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach also admitted that he's hoping to see his players return from the international break with full health.
He continued by stating: "We know things like this can happen, why should we now be out of the race completely because we lost at Southampton? Other teams lost here before and will lose here. That’s normal.
“Now [the players] are with their national teams so they have different things to do. The only thing that is important is that they come back healthy. We saw again we have a really good base and we’ll work again.”
Work to be done
Klopp, understandably, appears to be taking the positives out of his side's loss against Southampton, but he will be well aware that there is still a great deal of work to be done.
The last couple of weeks have been good for Liverpool - they have started to find some momentum under the German's regime - but they can't rest on their laurels in pursuit of success. This summer looks set to be a crucial one for the club's hierarchy.
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