Jurgen Klopp admitted he was not satisfied with Liverpool's performance in their 0-0 draw against Augsburg on Thursday and bemoaned his side's poor decision-making at the WWK Arena.
Despite the stalemate, Liverpool are still favourites to progress from their Europa League last-32 tie as all they need to do is win the second leg at Anfield next week.
However, the Reds boss did not mince his words when analysing his team's performance in Germany, insisting they need to improve, per James Pearce in the Liverpool Echo:
It's not too easy to find the right words. I could say it's a draw, 0-0 away, everything okay, we can win at home, everything cool. But in our situation I'm always interested in the performance. German teams on a tactical side are really strong. In the second half you could see the spaces we could use. If you have rhythm then you can do this better. We had good moments, good passing in second half, but other moments I wasn't happy with. It's 0-0 but I am not 100 per cent satisfied.
We could have created more chances, that's clear. You saw the moments when we played the wrong pass, lost patience, took the wrong decisions. I could say 0-0, top result, let's go home, but it's important we speak about this as a team here and improve things.
Thursday's encounter was devoid of any great entertainment, but there were chances for both sides to claim a win.
Daniel Sturridge fluffed a golden chance in the second half, and the hosts were also left frustrated when Ji Dong-won's effort hit the post.
If nothing else, Klopp can be satisfied with his defence after they kept out an Augsburg side who have a decent record in front of goal this season in the Europa League, per Opta:
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However, Liverpool definitely had the quality on the pitch to beat Augsburg—who are currently 14th in the Bundesliga.
The likes of Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho all had off nights and Klopp highlighted the need for his side to be more consistent, per BT Sport Football:
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"As a complete game I'm not satisfied!" Jurgen Klopp admits he's not "100% happy" with @LFC's performance. #UEL https://t.co/AUCq1fniOv2/18/2016, 10:23:35 PM
It was far from a disastrous evening's work—especially when compared with Manchester United's embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland—but nerves will jangle at Anfield next week if Klopp's team don't score early.
Equally, the German manager will not be able to rest any key players given how finely balanced the tie is, which is something of a blow considering the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City is just three days later.
But Klopp insisted that the result in Germany did not "complicate my plans" for the Wembley clash, per Pearce.
With Liverpool now out of the FA Cup they do not have a match this weekend and thus have a week off before the return leg against Augsburg.
This should give Klopp plenty of time to work on the problems he identified in Thursday's disappointing performance.
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