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I was very close to vomit – Jurgen Klopp


Jurgen Klopp says he was close to vomiting after Liverpool were pegged back by Bournemouth to draw 2-2 at Anfield on Wednesday.

It looked like the Reds would strengthen their place in the top four in the Premier League after goals from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi put them 2-1 ahead.

But Josh King’s late equaliser saw the Cherries frustrate Liverpool for the second time this season, following their 4-3 win in the reverse fixture.

“Usually you close the game in one moment, we didn’t, we left it open,” said Klopp.

“Then it’s a second ball after a set piece and that made me nearly vomit. That’s of course not nice. We have to take it. It’s my responsibility, all of this, and I have to be clear in this situations. I will find a solution for this.

“When my son does something that is not right, probably I have a big part of the responsibility.

“I should have explained better. It’s a situation that’s not too different.

“I will tell them that they had a part but there’s nothing else to say. I said it earlier in the season: the bad things are my responsibility, the good things are the responsibility of the players. I think that is a fair deal because I have the age to get it.”

Despite the late setback, Klopp tried to look on the bright side on a night when top-four rivals Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.

“You have to feel the disappointment but tomorrow when we look at the table we will see that it’s one point more,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s not what we wanted but it’s better than nothing. We tried everything. We didn’t always make the right decision but we scored the second goal.

“We played much better in the second half and used the space of the pitch, we let them run and then got the second goal. That can be enough if you defend second balls after set-pieces but we didn’t, so that’s that.”

Klopp also revealed why he withdrew Coutinho in the 65th minute and replaced him with defender Joel Matip.

Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser
“He was the best player on the pitch, but he felt sick,” said the German. “Hopefully he is not really ill. That didn’t help the game.

“It was too early for Daniel [Sturridge] at this time in the game. He has only trained once with the team and it was a really intense game.

“Divock was really good so to bring on a second striker at that moment didn’t feel right. We wanted to defend the result but counter as well. We are a bit more experienced in this.

“It was not because of the system that we drew, it was after a set piece, whichever system you play you have to defend this better.”

The draw leaves Liverpool third in the Premier League, two points ahead of City, who have a game in hand.