Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool can not complain about defensive tactics

Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool's performance in the goalless draw against Southampton even though the Reds missed the chance to cement their position on top of the English Premier League soccer table.Manchester City drew level with Liverpool by winning 2-1 at Crystal Palace and were only in second place at the end of the day on Saturday on goals scored.

At St Mary's, where the fans have been used to a little more ambition in recent seasons, this was something new.

Liverpool had 65 percent of the possession, all but three of the 18 shots and eight of the nine corners. Klopp was relaxed about the outcome. The players are concentrating, staying in games when it doesn't work and not letting them counterattack if we defend. We did really well over 94 minutes. "But I'm fine with the performance, absolutely". "United was different. We weren't good", Klopp said, before reinforcing the point that he has no qualms about facing opponents who defend in numbers. "If we play this football then it would be insane to give us space, so why would they do that?"

"A lot of teams play against us like this". We can not change what they do.

And he could understand Saints' cautious approach. "My feeling was we had 70%, no problem", the Liverpool manager said. "But we have no problem with this, that's how it is". It's not about that they have respect [for us] or something. "Everybody wants to win".

"That is what we have to work on, it is our job to".

"It's almost the same for all teams but for players from South America it's a little bit more because they have long flights".

It was a controlled performance from Klopp's men and it seemed to be a question of when we would score, rather than when would Southampton make us pay for our missed opportunities.

A greater emphasis will be on the likes Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and others to step up and deliver with Lallana contributing three goals and five assists in 11 league games so far this season as well as showing significant improvement overall under Klopp too as one of the most improved players in the squad. "That is more than enough, especially how big those chances were".

After the interval, Emre Can —making his 100th appearance for the Reds — lofted a ball over to Firmino, who had his shirt pulled by Virgil van Dijk and went down, but referee Mark Clattenburg turned appeals away.

Klopp said: "It isn't that I don't care about defending, I don't care about what people say about it".

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