After losing to Manchester United 2-1, there was panic in Liverpool's locker room and many are wondering if Jurgen Klopp's team can be as good as in previous seasons. One of Liverpool's main assets, Luis Diaz, believes that his team can do much better and that they will give their best in the next matches.
"It's been a bit of a difficult start," Diaz told Sky Sports. "It's not quite the outset we wanted for the season. We're a club that goes out to win three points from every game we play. I wouldn't say it's problematic for the players or for the manager but certainly we all know we need to do better."
Diaz had a lot to say about Mohammed Salah. He is happy to have the opportunity to play with such a player. "It's stupendous for me, being able to share my position in the team with Mo," said Diaz. "I've seen him over many years on television at so many tournaments and I'd like to say I'm proud of myself, having reached this position where I can share with him these experiences, to wear the same shirt and be a team-mate of his.
It's really something special. "Every day, playing alongside players like him, it helps you to improve, not just in a footballing sense as a player but also as a person. He's a great guy and there's a very special connection between him and me, and between all of us, in fact."
Klopp was sad after his team's defeat, but injuries also had a lot of influence. "We are in a tricky situation injury-wise, we got through the week with 14, 15 senior players available and now have to make sure they don’t get injured.
I am concerned about our situation, but that is how it is. We prepare for Bournemouth and Newcastle now."
Jurgen Klopp on his team
Klopp believes that his team had the initiative, but United had a strong defense that did not allow Liverpool to create a chance.
"We should have won this game, I know it sounds ridiculous but that is how I saw it. My emotions? We lost, which says everything about my emotions. Very disappointed about the result, that’s it”. “If you saw both games, the differences couldn’t be bigger,” he said.
“It was a game which was 100% clear what United would do. That’s how they started the game. Were they more aggressive than us in the beginning? Probably yes. It was exactly the game United wanted. We can say that’s our fault, but it was wild, up and down.
They hit the post and then scored the goal, then we took over more or less and until the final pass or the final decision, we played like we should have played. Against so many legs in defence it’s not easy to create chances every 20 seconds but we had a lot of moments in the box, we were unlucky off the set-piece - I’m not sure how the ball didn’t go in.
If we scored there... but we didn’t. When we scored our goal, which I think we absolutely deserved, it was slightly late. We had moments before where De Gea made top saves, with blocks and these kind of things, but these are the facts.
We lost 2-1 because time ran out, because the watch ran down not because of football, but because of different situations”.