Jurgen Klopp has denied suggestions that Liverpool have a mentality problem when it comes to facing the teams from the bottom half of the table.
Even though Liverpool have an outstanding record against the top teams, the club has struggled against lower opposition. Losses against the likes of Leicester City, Swansea, and Burnley standout from the crowd in the second half of the campaign. As a result of these and defeats, Liverpool have been unable to make progress in the league table despite getting high-profile victories against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham since the turn of the year.
Klopp has in fact had an excellent record against the top teams since his arrival at Anfield. The record against the lower opposition is certainly not spectacular. This has led to suggestions that the club may possess a mentality problem against the lower opposition.
Klopp has been quick to dismiss this suggestion. Even during the weekend, the club may have achieved a 2-1 win over Burnley but it was not until the club received a scare from Ashley Barnes. Wijnaldum and Emre Can scored the goals for Liverpool, as they kept in touch with the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham. With the title race effectively over, Liverpool may concentrate only on the top four places this season.
“Mentality issue? No, it is a question of confidence.We don’t live in a dark corner and not know about the things people speak about us.It is deja vu. You try everything before the game and then you concede nearly in the first situation.It is the first ugly game we won. We all have to get used to it a little bit. Usually when we are not at our best we have lost.We usually win good games but the bad games and the average games we need to be challenging too,” said Klopp.