Klopp sees positive steps despite Cup exit

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Liverpool’s poor run of form continued as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Sunday but coach Jurgen Klopp said his side were moving in the right direction.

Since Christmas Liverpool have won only once in seven games and that was against Aston Villa under-23 team in the FA Cup third round.

It is one of the toughest periods Klopp has endured at Liverpool for some time but the German was upbeat despite highlighting the decisive mistakes which proved costly.

“It’s not what we wanted, so it’s frustrating. We weren’t on our absolute top, but we made a lot of steps in the right direction,” said Klopp.

“You could see the boys really wanted to change the fortune, they wanted to score goals and that’s good. We did that, we scored twice, which is good as well. That’s all okay but in the end, they scored three, we scored two and they are through.

“But we can take positives out of this game, of course – I saw a lot of steps in the right direction and that’s all good.”

Klopp went on to say that they would need to work on the training ground this week to prepare for the trip to Tottenham Hotspur

“It was good preparation for Tottenham,” he said. “We know exactly what we have to work on. If you are in a situation you don’t like, you want to get out of it.

“We want to get out of it and for that, we have to make steps. Tonight we made these steps – not the final ones, but we made steps and that’s for the moment okay.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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