Klopp: Liverpool draw feels like a defeat

Carl Markham
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledged that West Brom had deserved their surprise point but could not hide his disappointment at how the 1-1 draw at Anfield felt like a defeat.

New West Brom boss Sam Allardyce, who is unbeaten in his last four league matches at Anfield - all achieved with different clubs - secured his first point since taking over after Semi Ajayi's 82nd-minute header cancelled out Sadio Mane's brilliant strike.

Despite giving up 78 per cent possession, the Baggies outperformed their hosts three to two in shots on target, despite not registering their first until the 51st minute.

Klopp, who was shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend for dissent in the second half, accepted that was a failure on their part.

"It does feel like a defeat, but we have a point more than before so it is completely fine," he said after Liverpool had stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points over Everton.

"It's our fault but they deserved the point. In the first half, it looked like 90:10 possession, it's a massive challenge to stay on track and do it again but we should have done it.

"On the same side, it is exactly the same challenge to defend like West Brom did.

"In the first five minutes of the second half they had more situations than they had in the entire first half and we could have avoided that by passing easy, simple and quick to the next player but we didn't and that is why it is our fault.

"That is what we have to accept and we do that of course."

Klopp lost Joel Matip to a groin issue in the second half, causing him a problem in central defence again, while midfielder Naby Keita was ruled out before the game with another muscle injury which is likely to sideline him for at least a couple of weeks.

"Joel has told me he felt something in his adductor, that is obviously not too good," added the German.

"Not sure how serious it is but serious enough for him to leave the pitch. The rest of the information I get tomorrow.

"Naby had a muscle injury - I don't know exactly how long but he was not ready today and not for Wednesday (against Newcastle). So we will see."