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Jurgen Klopp warns Luis Diaz - 'you can play better than you did today'

By Charles Cornwall

Jurgen Klopp warns Luis Diaz - 'you can play better than you did today'

Jürgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s performance in the 2-2 draw at Fulham on Saturday to kick off the Premier League season fell below the standards expected.

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Jürgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s performance in the 2-2 draw at Fulham on Saturday to kick off the Premier League season fell below the standards expected. The Reds went behind twice at Craven Cottage through Aleksandar Mitrovic goals but came back on both occasions to claw a point from the contest.

He said: “Lucho is a great player, a fantastic player, but today he had a massive chance, super chance. Look, for offensive players on a day like this, it's really not easy because they defend massively from how they get set up, how the deliveries are – and we didn’t play well enough to bring them in the right moments.”

"But when we were there, then you can see immediately how good Lucho is, how one-one, crossbar or post, I don’t know exactly, but close. Yeah, brilliant player but he can play better than today – like all the South Americans."

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On the penalty awarded to Fulham in the second half

"Was it a penalty? I heard he touched the ball. I said the result is the best news. Was it a foul on Hendo before the first goal? I sit here and talk about... I have to and that's my only concern. Yes, the result side is very important for us obviously and I would love to get three points, but I would have loved much more to play really good, to be honest, and we didn't do that."

"That's why I'm now in the mood I'm in. It is my responsibility to find out why we played last Saturday a really good game, a surprisingly good game for the moment we are in in the pre-season, and then seven days later we looked like completely upside down. That doesn't make sense and that's my responsibility. I just talked to you now but I'm thinking actually only about that. So, I need to and will figure out what went wrong in that moment."

On 'how frustrating' the game was

"You really want to know on a scale of one to 10? Twelve. Very. First of all, I have said it a couple of times, I feel much more responsible for defeats than if you win, and that's unfortunately my nature. The performance was a defeat – the result is not a defeat but the performance was a defeat and that's why we have to figure out what happened."

"And again, if we win today and don’t learn anything from the game, much worse than getting a point and learn the right things – I'm fine with that. So that's what we are working on now. That's not us today, it was not us today. I don’t want to take anything away from Fulham, they did really well, but to be 100 per cent honest, we were in front of the goal and should’ve scored, so that’s the truth as well. We played a really bad game and get a point, so that's all a truth as well. But playing the way we played is not how we should play and that’s why my frustration about that is pretty high."