Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's 'horrible start' in defeat at Wolves: 'How can I not be concerned?' | Paul Merson: 'Miles off it'

Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's 'horrible start' in defeat at Wolves: 'How can I not be concerned?' | Paul Merson: 'Miles off it'

Jurgen Klopp rued Liverpool's 'horrible start' in their 3-0 defeat to Wolves and admits he is concerned about his team's ongoing struggles.

Liverpool lost a third consecutive Premier League away game for the first time in a decade as Wolves lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a three-goal win. Joel Matip's own goal followed by a Craig Dawson strike put them two down inside 12 minutes.

There was no way back despite an improved second-half display in which Liverpool pushed for a route back into the game and things got worse when Ruben Neves effectively ended the comeback hopes with a third on the counter-attack.

With Liverpool in 10th and closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places, Klopp and his players find themselves under serious scrutiny.

"The start of the game was horrible, it is not allowed to happen," said Klopp.

"There is the first 12 minutes, then it is OK for an away performance, where we created, we were there. We started extremely well in the second half, the first 20 to 25 minutes, it is a super away game without scoring. Then they score the third goal from a counter-attack.

"We caused our own misery in that first 12 minutes. That cannot happen. It did. But it cannot. It is really tough to swallow. You can criticise, you can judge and you are probably right. I have nothing to say because these 12 minutes are not allowed.

"It is really difficult to summarise. The team is not full of confidence, but do you need a lot of confidence for that? To put your body between the ball and opponent? Stop the cross?

"How can I not be concerned? I cannot sit here and say it is ok because it is not. I got asked if it is because of last season, 63 games. It is clear that has influenced the start of the season but how long can we suffer that? It is February by my watch.

"It might have been a problem but today, the first 12 minutes, it is not allowed and this is outcome. This is not a 3-0 how a 3-0 looks with Wolves clearly better side. Maybe for 12 minutes and the end when the ball was their friend again."

Klopp was clear that he has not lost belief in himself as a coach - or the players who have brought him such success at Liverpool but are now falling short of their best form.

"I don't think they are at their best at the moment but I still know how good they are and how good they can be. But we cannot help ourselves in this moment.

"Seven or eight players weren't involved in the first goal, seven or eight players weren't involved in the second goal, but all are affected by it. The start is horrible. Then it is normal, it is great. OK, no finishing. But at the moment it is always if if if and I can't hear it anymore."

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