Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool must shake off fear factor

Liverpool 1-1 Southampton: Football is not a fairytale - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims the club must collectively shake off the fear which engulfs his side every time things go against them.

Reds striker Christian Benteke headed in against Southampton at Anfield to put Klopp on course for his first win.

But Saints forward Sadio Mane made it 1-1 when he levelled late in the game.

"It's only a goal, only a game of football. It's like it's the last thing in your life and we have to calm this down," said 48-year-old Klopp.

"I don't understand this pressure but the guys feel it. I hope I'm not the only person in the stadium who thought 'this is not the end of the world'. We can work on this."

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The German, who replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager earlier this month, believes he has seen signs of progression in his players.

"I saw development, I saw the next step, but at the end we are disappointed because of the result," added the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

"The problem is the other teams don't wait for us - they want to win, they want to beat us."

Klopp will get his next chance to register his first win as Liverpool boss against Bournemouth at Anfield in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday.

"Football is not a fairytale. Sometimes we write stories like this but today it didn't happen," he said.

"We can change a lot of things if it's necessary but not all things will work from the start. If you work something you are not 100% better the next day."

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