After suffering a shock 3-0 loss to Watford in the Premier League this weekend, Jurgen Klopp has reacted to his Liverpool side failing to emulate Arsenal’s historic invincibles season.
Following a goalless first half at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening, Senegal international Ismaila Sarr scored two early second-half goals to put Watford in a great position to end the Reds’ 44 match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old then assisted Troy Deeney’s 72nd minute strike to secure all three points for Nigel Pearson’s side, and to hand Liverpool just their fourth defeat of the 2019/20 campaign across all competitions.
Speaking after the game, Klopp suggested it was never his team’s intention to break Arsenal’s 49-match undefeated streak in 2004, and that he found positives in his players now being able to play freely again.
"I don’t think you can break records because you want to break records," he said, according to the Sport Review.
"You break records because you are 100 per cent focused on each step you have to do, whatever record it is – a marathon or whatever – and for that you have to perform.
"The boys performed and that’s why we won the games, but tonight we were not good enough and that’s not now a plus for me that I think in history, when they look back in 500 years and will say 'Liverpool nearly did it'.
"That’s not my main concern, you cannot change that and it was always clear, sometime we would lose a game. We didn’t wait for it, but it was clear it would happen – we didn’t think about it, but we knew it would happen and tonight it happened.
"Now I see it rather positive because the closer you come to these records… I am not bothered, but I am not sure how other people think about it, so now on we can play free football again, we don’t have to defend or try to get a record, we can just try to win football games again and that is what we will do."
Despite their surprise loss at the weekend, the Reds are still 22 points clear of second-place Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
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