Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he felt 'pretty alone' as fans departed Anfield after watching Crystal Palace take the lead with eight minutes of normal time to go last night.
A number of the club's faithful opted to leave their seats in the aftermath of Scott Dann's winning goal on Merseyside, but Klopp believes they should have stuck by their team for the final stages of the clash.
In fact, Klopp has suggested that Liverpool could have made as many as eight chances late on but has insisted that his side have a responsibility to keep fans believing right until the final whistle.
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Speaking after the 2-1 defeat to Palace, Klopp stated: “After the goal on 82 minutes, with 12 minutes to go, I saw many people leaving the stadium. I felt pretty alone at this moment. We decide when it is over. Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals if you like.
“Big decisions are made in moments when you are tired. Tonight it feels so bad because it was absolutely not necessary.
“They have reasons [for leaving] and maybe it is easier to go out, I don’t know. Don’t make a big thing about this but we are responsible that nobody can leave the stadium before the final whistle because anything can happen.
“We have to show this and we didn’t. Everything is OK but we can do better.”
Work to be done
Klopp and Co. were brought back down to earth with a bang on home soil against the high-flying Eagles. At their best, Palace are a match for any team in the Premier League, but the new Reds chief would have been disappointed with his side's showing.
After a number of strong defensive performances in recent weeks, individual errors seemingly cost the Reds, so the revered coach will be hoping to put things right sooner rather than later.
With the international break on the horizon, the Liverpool boss has a great deal to think about before his side travel to the Etihad to take on Premier League table-toppers Manchester City.
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