Klopp blames dry pitch for goalless draw

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the dryness of the Anfield pitch made it difficult for his side to play their natural game against Southampton.

The Reds were left frustrated after a goalless draw in front of their home support on Sunday, in a game that saw James Milner's 66th-minute penalty kept out by Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

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Klopp admitted it was a disappointing result, but added that the conditions played a big role in his team's struggle to break down the visitors.

“It is not what I want. To be successful you have to have a fortress at home. That is very important. We had that here for a long period. Now we have had a few results which are not that good," the German tactician said after the game.

“I know nobody wants to hear it but I am brave enough to say it. The pitch was really dry today. We gave it all the water we had but after 15 minutes it was really dry again with the wind. 

"It was difficult. You could see it … a lot passes you thought ‘why are they playing this?’ But it was difficult. In a possession game you need to have the best circumstances, if possible, in a home game especially, but today we couldn’t have this. That is nobody’s fault; it is only a description.

“It is not nice to drop points at home but now we play away and then we have another home game. We really still enjoy playing at home. It is only a mental issue if you think it is one. We don’t see this. 

"The boys like it here, they like playing in front of their crowd. That is all. Today the atmosphere was really good. People were really in the game. Everybody tried everything and it didn’t work out finally.”

Liverpool have taken only two points from their last three home games.