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08th Nov 2015

Jurgen Klopp has revealed his biggest struggle at Liverpool so far

Kevin McGillicuddy

Six games in and Jurgen Klopp is yet to taste a loss of any kind Liverpool manager.

The German is hoping he can make it lucky number seven today as his club face Crystal Palace.

The former Dortmund manger has overseen three wins and three draws since replacing Brendan Rodgers as chief at Anfield but has admitted that since his move to English football there has been one major struggle he’s still trying to come to terms with.

We would have put money on it being Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes, but it appears that’s not the case.

No, instead, he’s struggling to get to grips with how to deal with match officials in a calm manner according to an interview in the Guardian

“I try to be calm but that’s not always my best skill. I try to learn everything about English football and it’s important for us to know how English referees react in situations because it was really different in the last weeks.”

“Of course, they are individuals but there was one situation on the sideline at Chelsea, very dynamic, where there was no foul but in my opinion they have to say to the player: ‘Please, if you hit the leg it is broken so wait, be calm and be cool in this situation’. I asked the fourth official if that was not a situation where you could talk with the player. He said: ‘No. If he hit him then we can talk with him.’ No, no. If he had hit him then we would have been talking about a very different thing.”

Klopp also admits that he would like to see his side hold onto possession more often and be more clever in their tackling so as to not to give away as many fouls. Someone really should get onto Lucas then.

“If you look at the fair play tables in Germany when I was a coach there my team was always in the top three. I don’t want to have fouls, especially not silly fouls in the wrong areas. You should try to keep the ball always – that is what I want. But it’s important for me to understand all this and that is what I am trying to do at the moment.”