Despite crashing out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat against West Ham United, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that his side were the ‘better team’ as they created more chances than their opposition.
West Ham waited until literally the last minute to seal their place in the FA Cup round of 16. After playing out the full 90 minutes and extra time, it looked like the game would be decided by a penalty shootout. However, Angelo Ogbonna made sure that it didn’t come down to a shoot-out as he scored in extra time to give West Ham a 2-1 victory at Upton Park.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was highly disappointed after the game as he claimed that his team was the better side amongst the two teams.
“It’s hard. We were the better team, created chances and played good football, but we didn’t use them.” said Klopp, as per a report in The Mirror.
“We had chances but we didn’t score goals, I saw a good game from my side. We had big fight, a lot of good team tactical things, nice enjoyable performances. But the result is not what you want.”
Benteke on the brink
Belgian forward Christian Benteke failed to convert some clear goal scoring chances, including a one-on-one with the Hammers’ ‘goalkeeper which could have gone on to clinch the game for Liverpool.
When asked about Benteke’s performance during the match, Klopp said, “I don’t believe in the easy goal. He has to carry on like this. It’s not the nicest moment in his career but he has to work hard. He wants to score and we need him to score. We will work on it in the days, weeks and months.”
Since his 32.5 million pound move from Aston Villa, which made him the second most expensive signing made by the Merseyside club, Benteke has often found himself on the fringes of the first team. With Roberto Firmino impressing in a false 9 role and Daniel Sturridge perhaps looking to put his long road to recovery behind him, Benteke must take every chance to impress if he wants to play regular first team football.