Arsenal loss leaves Klopp’s Liverpool scrambling to keep up

Liverpool came from behind twice against Arsenal, but lost 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in a thriller, with manager Jürgen Klopp not looking at the table as his side languished 14 points behind the leading hosts in the Premier League.

Liverpool, who are in tenth place with ten points from eight games, are having their worst start to Klopp’s seven-year reign and with second-placed Manchester City visiting Anfield next Sunday, there is little time to put things right.

“We don’t have to look at the table yet, but we know where we are without looking, so we’re not done yet,” Klopp told Sky Sports after his side’s second loss of the season.

Those two defeats and four draws have left Liverpool behind in the wake of Arsenal and City and while Klopp is frustrated by his side’s slow start, he looks for no excuses.

“This game (against Arsenal) is now over, we can’t just accept a situation and say it just won’t happen or whatever, we’re not kids,” he explained.

“We’ve done a lot of good things, scored two really nice goals and played really well against the team in form in the league, because we’re probably the team that isn’t in shape in the league.”

Klopp’s side will see a quick turnaround as they visit Rangers in the Champions League mid-week before welcoming City and their free-scoring striker Erling Haaland to Merseyside next weekend.

When asked what he would do to improve his side for those two games, Klopp said he would go back to basics.

“Work, talk, probably think first, and then talk to the guys, and then coach and help them, and then we’ll go again,” he said.

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