Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool blowing the chance to beat Man City’s record


Liverpool's hopes of breaking the 100 point barrier are over after last night's defeat against Arsenal

Liverpool’s hopes of breaking the 100 point barrier are over after last night’s defeat against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp insists he will refuse to ‘turn a positive into a negative’ after Liverpool blew the chance to set a new Premier League points record following their defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Liverpool ended their 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England last month, claiming the title in record time with seven games to spare after a near flawless campaign.

The form of Klopp’s side has dipped markedly since confirmation of their status as champions, however, and they have taken just six points from the last 15 available.

Sadio Mane fired Liverpool into a deserved lead at the Emirates last night but uncharacteristic errors from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker gifted the Gunners a route back into the game before the interval.

Liverpool dominated the second period but were unable to find a way past Emiliano Martinez in the Arsenal goal and the loss of three points now means the Reds will be unable to surpass the record held by Pep Guardiola’s class of 2017/18 who amassed 100 points in that particular title-winning campaign.

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Reacting to missing out on setting another record, Klopp said: ‘We have to make sure things like this do not happen again. I want the points we can get and we will see what it is at the end of the season.


‘I cannot make a negative of something that is really positive, becoming champions. We won it the earliest in the season and we have 93 points, I am not the type of person who thinks it is a negative ‘but we cannot get the 100 points anymore’.

‘So we get the points we deserve and we will see what that will be. These boys have played an exceptional season and no-one can take that away from them.’

Virgil van Dijk , under pressure from Reiss Nelson, was at fault for Alexandre Lacazette's equaliser for Arsenal against Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk , under pressure from Reiss Nelson, was at fault for Alexandre Lacazette’s equaliser for Arsenal against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Despite that upbeat assessment, Klopp was at a loss to explain the first defeat he has suffered against Arsenal as Liverpool manager. The champions monopolised possession throughout, allowed their opponents just three shots on goal and forced Martinez into a number of impressive stops at the other end.

‘I am disappointed with the result, of course,’ Klopp said. ‘I am OK with big parts of the performance and it is one of the better games we have played here.

‘But when you make these kinds of mistakes, you cannot win a football game or you need to be really lucky to win.

‘We started exceptionally well and I cannot remember such a dominant performance we have played since I have been in, but then scoring 1-0 was completely deserved until we took kind of a break.

‘That is human and maybe it was just misjudgment of the situation. If you have control of the game you don’t have to attack constantly. But in these moments around your box, giving the ball away, is not helpful. But Arsenal were there to score these two goals.

‘In the second half we were completely in charge and they only had one more shot I think at the end of the game.

‘The numbers I saw were 24 to 3 [for shots] for us, 70-30 possession, that is exceptional but the result is the truth and we accept that. And we know we are responsible for the result.’

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