Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool fc ’s 2-2 draw at newly promoted Fulham felt like a defeat for final season’s Premier League runners-up.
Mohamed Salah’s late equaliser helped cancel out two objectives from Aleksandar Mitrovic, with Darwin Nunez having earlier levelled for the Reds after Fulham’s opener.
Serbia striker Mitrovic regarded each half the participant who smashed Championship data with 43 objectives final season when he opened his account for the marketing campaign within the thirty second minute, earlier than following it up with a second-half penalty.
Nunez had adopted Mitrovic’s first with a intelligent improvised backheel aim, earlier than turning supplier on his league debut for Salah, who slotted house Liverpool’s essential second 10 minutes from time.
Despite rescuing some extent, Klopp believes his aspect had been removed from their finest at Craven Cottage.
“We started exactly the opposite way than we wanted,” the Liverpool boss mentioned. “We are used to more dominance and we couldn’t get that because we played just not good enough, not quick enough, not precise enough, all these kind of things.
“I’m really fine with the point. I know we could have won the game – that wouldn’t have made our performance a little bit better, but we could have.
“I’m happy for the punishment we got with losing two points. I know we can see that differently – for them (Fulham) I’d say as well they lost two points.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice for Fulham (Adam Davy/PA)
The warning indicators had been there for Klopp as Liverpool struggled to get going and string passes collectively early on, earlier than being caught on the break.
Although they grew into the sport, it was removed from a composed Reds efficiency.
“I feel much more responsible for defeats than when we win, so that’s unfortunate,” Klopp added. “The performance was a defeat. The result is not a defeat but the performance was a defeat.
“So that’s why we have to figure out what happened. That’s not us today. But we don’t want to take anything away from Fulham, they did really well.”
Marco Silva believes his Fulham aspect’s efficiency merited greater than the purpose they got here away with towards a aspect who reached the Champions League ultimate in May.
“I think that our players deserve something more than just one point,” the Fulham supervisor mentioned.
“They had more control of the game, but I think that our organisation, our great first half, the way we blocked almost everything from them, in terms of organisation in the first half – it was almost perfect.
“In terms of intensity the first half was really good and I have to congratulate our players and our fans as well.”
When requested concerning the efficiency of Mitrovic, he added: “In the box he will score if you provide him good chances.
“But I repeat something I said last season maybe 20 times: Mitro is not just a goalscorer for us. He did an unbelievable job for us without the ball.”