Klopp defends Lovren but has 'no interesting answers' to explain Watford defeat


The reigning European Champions had been undefeated in its first 27 league games, winning 26 and drawing just one and were just one win away from setting the new record for most consecutive league wins.

"What the boys did so far is exceptional, but it is not over", said Klopp.

"You don't want to lose football games". You have to perform.

"You break records because you are 100 per cent focused on each step, whether it is the marathon or whatever". Yes, we are almost there (for the title) but the performance means (the assessment) was simple. We have got 10 games left. We didn't wait for it but it was clear that it would happen. We don't think it's not so important because we won so many games but we don't think as well that it's the biggest catastrophe in the world of football.

Lovren's inclusion in the team also causes major problems for his teammates, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk having to do double the work to clean up the Croat's mess.

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In the second half the former Walsall striker set up Ismaila Sarr for his second goal of the game with an inch flawless ball that beat the defence and set the speedy forward on his way through. "We will", he stated.

"Dejan and Joël played sensational games for us but like everybody in life you have to be healthy and then you have to get fit and then you need rhythm. So it is what it is".

Liverpool will surely still go on to win the league but the rare loss is a disappointing one. That's the most hard thing to get in professional football because if you are out you have sessions but you don't play that often. He was never afraid to say things but in a positive way. "You have to accept it, it's not so easy, but we were not good enough tonight".

The hosts simply wanted it more and it showed, in fairness they have much more to play for at the moment and those three points will prove vital in the final reckoning when it comes to the relegation battle.

Liverpool were off the boil and had just one shot on target all evening as their hopes of matching or beating a string of records was ended by the Hornets, who inflicted a first Premier League defeat on Klopp's men since January 2019.