Klopp: We lacked belief

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels that his side lost their belief after Southampton equalised in their 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Christian Benteke opened the scoring for the Reds in the 77th minute, but Saido Mane grabbed an equaliser four minutes from time which ensured that the Saints left Anfield with a point and denied Klopp his first win as Liverpool boss.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said that he found the manner in which his side's heads dropped after Mane's goal slightly bemusing as he saw no reason why they couldn't score a match-winning goal.

"What I saw after they scored, they were all so disappointed. We had nine or ten minutes to play [including stoppage-time], there was another chance, but there was no belief anymore in the eyes," he told Sky Sports.

"Nobody was able to push, say something positive at the moment. I think the fans were very disappointed too in this moment, because we all missed so much, but we have to be more calm in the situations we create.

"We work so hard, and then in the last situation we are not calm enough. They are strong enough, good enough, skilled enough, everything is there, but we are not cool, and that is the problem at this moment.

"We have to accept that things we don't like happen in a football game, but you have to stay in the race, that's all."

Despite the frustration of not being able to secure the three points, Klopp believes that there is no reason for doom and gloom as it will take time for the Reds to get back on track following a disappointing run under former boss, Brendan Rodgers.

"We can do better with the players on the pitch. I see that they want, 100 per cent want, to win, to fight, to give all they have," said the former Dortmund manager.

"Now we have to go further, development is never a short race, it is always a long thing. This league is too strong to make it easy and think now everything is better. 

"When I came here I knew some things would be difficult, it's normal, teams don't wait for us."

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