Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp believes his boys lost to Toulouse because they were “not aggressive enough”.
Liverpool suffered a defeat in their bid to qualify for the Europa League knockout stage by losing 3-2 to Toulouse.
Jurgen Klopp to TNT Sports: “We were not aggressive enough. We gave balls easily away. Real mistakes.
Klopp added: “With all the possession you have obviously you should create more but you cannot concede three goals here, that makes no sense.
“They fought harder and it was deserved. Congratulations to Toulouse.
“You can play as good as you want but if you don’t win decisive battles you have no chance in football.
In the seventh minute of added time, Klopp’s men thought they had had an equaliser, however, Jarell Quansah’s goal was ruled out by the VAR after a controversial handball decision.
Klopp on Liverpool disallowed third goal: “We scored a third one, I think it was a goal 100%.
“It was pretty long ago the ball was in a tricky situation, I am not even sure it touched the hand [of Mc Allister] at all but that is how it is, Klopp added.
“We don’t have a point, but at least we can learn from it. The boys have to decide how they want to play.
Klopp concluded: “We can be an outstanding football team, but without winning defensive challenges, nope.”
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Liverpool have suffered only their second defeat in their past 28 matches in all competitions (W19 D7), with the other defeat coming against Tottenham Hotspur in September. Tonight was the first time they have conceded three times in a match this season.
Toulouse’s Thijs Dallinga became the first player to score home and away against Liverpool in a major European season while playing for a French club since Didier Drogba in the 2003-04 Uefa Cup for Marseille.
Since keeping three consecutive clean sheets in May, Liverpool have kept just four clean sheets in their past 19 games in all competitions. Away from home, the Reds have gone 10 consecutive games without a clean sheet for the first time since August 2016.
Toulouse’s Aron Dønnum has been involved in two goals in the UEFA Europa League this season, with both coming against Liverpool (goal tonight, assist at Anfield). He is only the fourth Norwegian to score against Liverpool in major European competition, after Dan Eggen (1995, Brondby), Geir Hasund (1997, Brann) and Erling Haaland (2019, FC Red Bull Salzburg).
Diogo Jota scored in and lost a match for Liverpool for the first time ever, having won 32 and drawn six of the other 38 games he’s scored in for the club. Indeed, in all club competitions including his time at Wolves, Jota was unbeaten in 60 games when he’d scored before tonight, since scoring in a 4-1 defeat for Wolves against Aston Villa in 2018.
Tonight was Jurgen Klopp’s 450th match in charge of Liverpool, becoming the fourth manager to reach that mark along with Tom Watson in 1908, Bill Shankly in 1968 and Bob Paisley in 1982. All three other managers to reach that mark won their 450th game.
Liverpool benefitted from an own goal – scored by Toulouse’s Cristian Casseres – in a major European match for a 12th different time but tonight was the first time they had lost when doing so (W11).