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Liverpool manager Klopp: We have to be more ruthless.

FT: West Ham 3-2 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp giving instructions to his team on the sidelines. [Getty]
Klopp giving instructions to his team on the sidelines. [Getty]

The Hammers stunned Liverpool on Sunday to leapfrog Jurgen Klopp's Reds in the table heading into the international break.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was disappointed his Reds failed to be creative and ruthless in the final third against West Ham United on Sunday.

The 2019-20 Premier League champions were thrashed 3-2 at the London Stadium as the Hammers leapfrogged the Reds into the third spot in the English top-flight table.

The Merseyside Liverpool were looking to set a new club record of 26 games unbeaten when they traveled to East London. But they were in for a surprise as they fell behind early on when Alisson, under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna, trembled at Pablo Fornals' corner, eventually putting the ball into his net.

But, Liverpool responded and drew level four minutes before half-time via defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, who curled home a stunning free-kick.

Halfway through the second half, the Hammers took the lead again when Fornals slipped through on goal and found the target with a low strike that keeper Alisson was unable to save.

The home fans went wild and even more ecstatic when defender Kurt Zouma headed home a corner minutes later to make it 3-1.

Substitute Divock Origi scored a second for the awayside, but it wasn’t enough to seal a comeback as West Ham sealed all three points.

'We gave control away for no reason'

Liverpool boss Klopp told BBC Sport: “In football, in general, you have to create, be more ruthless in the final third. We played a really good game in the first half, they scored a goal from a set-piece and didn’t have counter-attacks.

"Second half we didn’t do that. [In the] second goal, we lost the ball somewhere and then they had a set-piece and it was a brilliant set-piece. That’s it."

On the first West Ham goal, the German replied: “Ogbonna hits the arm of Alisson, that is a decisive piece of the body of the goalkeeper. How it cannot be a foul I don’t know but we have to accept these things.

"If we got something we would have deserved it but we didn’t get it so we accept the defeat."

When quizzed if it was good that no team is running away with it at the moment, Klopp said: “Hopefully not because we are not one of the two teams that could run away with it at the moment. We had a really long run without a defeat, we didn’t really think about it as too many draws, that run is over good now we can think about starting another.

“We have to win football games. I know I cannot think we cannot lose football games but today I felt it was unnecessary because we had control of the game before we gave control away for no reason.”

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