Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool players lacked belief in the final quarter of the match against Southampton. The league tie at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw after Christian Benteke's header was cancelled by Sadio Mane's late goal.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield after the latter was sacked following a string of poor performances. Klopp is yet to taste victory as Liverpool manager as all three matches he has managed has ended in a draw.
"We still had 10 minutes to go, and I think we saw tonight we didn't give up physically, but we didn't believe we could change the game and that's the problem. We made the goal, and then gave away the free-kick," Klopp said, as quoted by Goal.com.
"Everybody knows you have to avoid things like this in a game against Southampton, who are very good in the air.
"That is why we are not calm enough when we have our chances and need to make the last pass and stuff. I don't understand the pressure in this moment, but the guys feel this - you can see it."
"They work so hard, they're full of concentration, full of passion, then they concede one goal and it feels like the end of the world. It's not the end of the world, it's only a goal and you can always come back, this is what we need to understand."
Despite the draw against Southampton, Klopp was delighted with the display Liverpool showed at home. The Reds manager has urged his players to put more hours on the training ground in order to deliver results.
"I see development. Of course, the problem is, the other teams don't wait for us. They don't think 'oh, Liverpool are better than last week', they just want to win, they want to beat us," the Liverpool manager explained.
"We have to deliver results, results, results all the time. And this is kind of what we've done at the start of our development, we have not lost yet against not the worst teams in the league, I would say.
"For some, that is not enough, we have to accept this and we have to work. Tonight I saw some things that were better, things that were not so good - but some of that was because we played on Thursday [against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League]."