Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has accused the club's fans of living in the past, after his team were booed off the pitch at half-time in Saturday's 3-0 win over Huddersfield at Anfield.
Summer signing Mohamed Salah missed a penalty in a turgid first period, which saw the two teams head into the dressing room with the scores at 0-0 - and Klopp admitted after the game that the Anfield faithful's habit of harking back to the glory days of almost three decades ago has become a genuine problem for the club.
Klopp starts Mignolet, Dejan Lovren and Henderson once more. Is he messing up Liverpool's season with this absurd loyalty to dross?— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 28, 2017
The club has been accused of living off past glories previously, but the sentiment is rarely - if ever - expressed by the man leading the team, with the Mirror reporting that Klopp 'privately questions' what has left Anfield so flat of late.
“The problem is here, the moment things don’t work out, we get compared with the past,” he said after the game. "They wreck the confidence of the players when they say things like, ‘You are not good enough’. It’s a problem.”
Klopp also defended his decision to hand penalty duties to Salah, despite the presence of James Milner on the pitch, who scored seven times from the spot last season.
“I thought it made sense after the Egypt penalty," he said. "The pressure is bigger in Liverpool than in Egypt! I’m not sure that he is on penalties any more...”
Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum netted in the second half to help the Reds to what ended up being a comfortable victory, with the German saying: “I am officially happy. Immediately today you could see the relief, how big it was. They could enjoy it after that...”