Fulham scoff at Jurgen Klopp’s dry pitch complaint

Fulham scoff at Jurgen Klopp's dry pitch complaint

Fulham scoff at Jurgen Klopp’s dry pitch complaint

Fulham appeared to mock Jurgen Klopp on Sunday, tweeting a picture of their pitch being watered after the Liverpool manager’s complaints that the surface was too dry.

After yesterday’s disappointing 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage, a frustrated Jurgen Klopp suggested that a dry pitch was one of the reasons for his team’s underperformance.

– The pitch was dry, things like this, we really played [into] their cards. “Most of the time when we found a bit of direction, we ended up in front of their goal and hit the crossbar, all those things,” he said.

On Sunday morning, Fulham responded by tweeting a picture of their sprinklers at full bore.

However, the West London pitch was not the only source of Klopp’s displeasure. He said his frustration was “12 out of 10” and described his team’s performance as feeling like defeat, even though Mohamed Salah’s late equalizer secured a point at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool, last season’s runners-up, were twice forced to come from behind against Fulham, who struck through Aleksandar Mitrovic either side of the break.

“The best thing about the game is the result, that we get a point from a really bad game from my side,” said the Liverpool manager.

“Now it’s a question of how can it happen? The attitude was not right in the beginning. Then we wanted to fight back, but you don’t find that easily anymore.”

Klopp added: “The result is good. I don’t think we deserved more than that. But performance can be improved enormously.”

Alisson Becker and Aleksandar Mitrovic - Jurgen Klopp blames players' attitudes - and dry pitch - for opening day draw at Fulham - GETTY IMAGES

Alisson Becker and Aleksandar Mitrovic – Jurgen Klopp blames players’ attitudes – and dry pitch – for opening day draw at Fulham – GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool had impressed in last week’s Community Shield victory over Manchester City and Klopp said it did not make sense that his team’s performance levels should drop so suddenly.

Asked after the game how frustrated he was, Klopp said: “Do you want to know on a scale of one to ten? 12. Very, very because the performance was a failure. That’s why we have to figure it out.

“The results are of course very important to us. I would love to get three points, but I would love a lot more to play really well, to be honest. We didn’t.

“It’s my responsibility to find out why we played a surprisingly good game last Saturday for the moment we were in pre-season and seven days later we look like we’re completely upside down. It does not make sense. I’m just thinking about it.”

Silva: We deserved to win

Fulham manager Marco Silva said his side deserved more than a draw after a performance of such energy and intensity in front of their home crowd.

“The way we started against a top team, we matched them,” Silva said. – That is the most important thing for us. Our players know the job we do. I think our players deserved something more from the game than just a point.

“It’s important because we came from a great season [in the Championship]. You can feel it in the stadium. The fans helped the team and the team pushed them to be behind us.”

Fulham are expected to be in another fight against relegation this season, following promotion from the Championship, and Silva is keen to make more signings before the end of the summer transfer window. At the very least, Fulham are looking to sign another centre-back.

“We need to get some more numbers in, not just in central defence,” said Silva. “The market is still open, it has been difficult for us but also for other teams. This week we have signed two experienced Premier League players, Bernd [Leno] and Shane [Duffy]. They will give us different things, but we have to keep doing our job because there is more to come.”

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