Jurgen Klopp was frustrated after his side dropped two points in stoppage leaving their Champions League hopes in tatters. The German said his side’s performance was not worthy of Champions League football. Liverpool had squandered a number of chances to put the result beyond doubt in both the first half and second half.
Joe Willock equalized for the Magpies to earn them a 1-1 draw. Callum Wilson had a goal ruled out for offside following a VAR review a few minutes prior to them conceding. They did not pay heed to this warning and now face an uphill task to qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League.
“I don’t think you can create many more chances or better chances than what we did today,” Klopp said. “We didn’t finish the game off and we didn’t play enough. It was not complicated. With a few passes, we always came through, we just had to do that again and again. Just keep going and going and let them run.”
“The counter-attack can happen but we kept them alive. In the end they deserved the goal. They scored two minutes before, whatever, another one with the new rules… it’s unlucky for Wilson but that’s how it is now and we didn’t even take that present.” he added.
Liverpool had 22 shots in the first half and managed to just convert one of those efforts. The result means that the next game against Manchester United will make or break their season. The Reds currently lie in sixth, behind Chelsea and West Ham in the race for fourth place and UEFA Champions League qualification.
“If you deserve it, you deserve it,” Jurgen Klopp said about his side’s chances for the Champions League next season. “I didn’t see today that we deserved to play Champions League next season. In another five games? We’ll see what we can do. We learn or we don’t play Champions League. That’s it.”