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Jurgen Klopp has spent most of this season doing his best Kenneth Williams impression.
‘Infamy, infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!’
Too many injuries, not enough substitutes, a chaotic fixture schedule and too little time to recover between games… something has been getting his goat for much of the campaign.
The Liverpool boss even labelled this game ‘a crime’ because his side were forced to play the Saturday lunchtime kick-off after fulfilling a Champions League fixture on Wednesday.
With the big grin we saw so much of last season all too often replaced this time out by a scowl.
Klopp's toothy grin has all too often been missing from the touchline this season
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It hasn’t always been easy to agree with Klopp given the fact Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League’s big boys really do have the resources to deal with what’s being thrown at them.
After all, does it really make that much of a difference whether a team kicks off at 12:30pm or 3pm three days after their last fixture?
But here at the Amex it was hard not to feel some degree of sympathy with him after a very tight offside decision and a soft, stoppage-time penalty award, which involved a VAR intervention of course, went against his side and cost them the chance to go back to the top of the table.
It was hard not to feel sorry for the Reds as VAR awarded an added-time penalty against them
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It had just been starting to look like another tough few days for the Anfield boss, which had seen his depleted side beaten by Atalanta at home in midweek, were at least going to end positively with a lovely Diogo Jota strike looking enough to lift the Reds back to the top of the table.
Neal Maupay’s early penalty miss had also offered him proof that not everyone in the game outside of Liverpool is conspiring against him.
In the end, though, Klopp left the South Coast with even more belief that the football gods, as well as the mere mortals who make the rules, do indeed have it in for him.
Klopp vented his fury over James Milner's injury at BT Sport's Des Kelly
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The sarcastic applause he aimed at the officials after Pascal Gross converted his late equaliser saying as much.
As did the fascinating exchange he got involved in with BT Sport’s pitch side reporter Des Kelly.
Klopp talked in that interview about wanting to move on from his gripes and, while the questions about them will keep coming thick and fast, after this weekend he really does need to do that.
Because the danger is gripes can quickly turn to excuses and when they do they will offer his players an out for the points they are dropping.
Klopp, of course, is just trying to protect his players but his frustrations have become the narrative rather than what is happening on the pitch.
What is clear already is that every team is going to suffer with injuries this season and every club at some point or other will have to handle a set of circumstances they are not used to.
Liverpool are in that moment now and as much as ever they need their manager to focus solely on navigating them through it.
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