New manager Jürgen Klopp will not have come away from his first match in charge at Anfield feeling as though he has taken on a cage of lions just waiting to be released after having sat through a flat Liverpool performance against a far weaker side that was supposed to herald a new beginning on Merseyside for the once powerful mighty Red Machine.
The fans must give themselves a pat on the back for the welcome they gave to the new man at the helm, yet the players are the ones who need to step up after what was just another uninspired Liverpool display that once more exposed their weakness at the back and the clubs narrow style of play that sees them unable to score more than a solitary goal.
One player who did put in 100% however was Adam Lallana, who has asked the fans to give Klopp time to put his stamp on the team saying: “It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m very confident we’re going to succeed under him.
“The fans here demand success here and we want to give them that.”
“We’re disappointed we didn’t take the three points,” Lallana said.
“The atmosphere was buzzing before the game and we went into the game confident. We started well, but conceded a sloppy goal and we all need to switch on a bit more.
“We created a lot of chances, but the ratio of shots on target to off target wasn’t high enough and that probably explains why we couldn’t get the second goal.
“Parts of the performance were bright and encouraging as we got into good areas.
“Moving forward there are encouraging signs. Everyone is warming to the manager and how he wants to play.
“Going forward, it’s going to improve. We need a bit more ruthlessness from everyone.