A goalless draw against 12th-place Crystal Palace was probably not the emphatic statement Klopp’s side would have hoped to make after spectacularly unraveling in their 5-2 Champions League loss to Real Madrid earlier in the game. of week.

Still, the boss felt the need to remind detractors, including those in his own dressing room, that his side walked away with a point at Selhurst Park, saying: “I see it in your eyes and the players’ eyes too. Looks like we lost the game. we did not

Jurgen Klopp hugs Harvey Elliott
Jurgen Klopp hugs Harvey Elliott (John Walton/PA).

“We pamper ourselves with many things, but we can’t suffer for our own history, that would really be a joke.

“This is not going to be the season where everyone in the history books, when you take a look, says, ‘Let’s watch that season over and over again.’ There won’t be any big movies about it or things like this, but we have to go through it anyway.

“We are going to demonstrate, it is not always, ‘Oh, we won here, everything is great, now we have dropped a point, all rubbish.’ We have to continue. Take the things and go again. Take the things and go again. And that is what we will do.

“So nothing really changed tonight. You can see two ways. We didn’t win, that sounds very negative. We have one more point than before, I think that sounds pretty positive. So you can choose.

Both teams had chances to take advantage before the break.

The Reds’ chance came first when Joel Matip sent Andrew Robertson’s free kick in the direction of Diogo Jota, who clipped the outside edge of the left post with his header from six yards.

Jean-Philippe Mateta nearly put Palace ahead but hit the crossbar, and the woodwork also denied Mohamed Salah shortly after the restart.

Both Joe Gómez and Darwin Núñez were ruled out with injury ahead of Saturday’s game, the latter suffering a knock after the Real Madrid game that aggravated his shoulder injury and was left, according to Klopp, “[unable to]move that arm at all.” ”. .

He will be re-evaluated, while Gomez missed the game with a muscle problem.

Palace are still in search of their first win of 2023, having drawn five times since the start of the new year, their inability to convert chances again on display.

Eagles boss Patrick Vieira was confident his team would score goals, even in the absence of top scorer Wilfried Zaha, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury and did not play in Saturday’s game.

He said: “I think it’s just about trust. I am working with them every day and I see the quality they have. They can all end. All of them can score goals, and it’s just a matter of getting training going for us to build that confidence.

“I have no doubt about the quality they have to make those occasions.”


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