Merseyside derby Klopp insists shock Villa defeat can be turning point in Reds' season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits their shock 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa was probably the “knock in the face” his side needed.
And he says it could prove to be their most important match of the season.
During last season’s runaway title victory Klopp’s side dropped only one point until their first loss in February.
The aberration at Villa Park was arguably Liverpool’s worst performance under Klopp, who marks the fifth anniversary of his first match with a Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park today.
With an international break following immediately after the Villa defeat, the Reds boss had no time to address the issues with his players but believes the result can have a positive effect.
“The challenge in this situation is that you don’t want the players to be affected or influenced in the next game. You want a self-confident team,” he said.
“You don’t want a team that looks like it’s got heads down, but on the other side you don’t want to forget the game as well and the 7-2 result helps pretty much with that, in the sense we will not forget it.
“And I got that feeling more and more during the hours after the game that maybe after all the positive things that happened to us it needed a proper knock in the middle of our face to shake us through.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure about that but that is the way I take it and then it was OK because there is no other reason why 7-2 should be good.
"But if it was for that then it could have been the most important game of the season. That is why we try to use it.”