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Liverpool wobbling. Can Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ recover?

Since the outbreak in December, more than 3,200 people have died and 92,000 have been infected in more than 70 countries and territories around the world.Several sporting invents have already been affected, notably in Italy where the government has said it is "highly likely" top-flight Serie A football matches will be played behind closed doors for one month.On Monday, the Premier League said it is "monitoring" the coronavirus situation ahead of this weekend's fixtures and has issued guidelines to all 20 clubs in English football's top tier, following the same procedures outlined by the National Health Service for all other businesses and venues used by large numbers of people."What I don't like in life is that a very serious thing, a football manager's opinion is important," Klopp told reporters. "I don't understand that. I really don't understand it, if I asked you, you are in exactly the same role as I am. So it's not important what famous people say."We have to speak about things in the right manner, not people with no knowledge, like me, talking about something. People with knowledge will talk about it and tell people to do this, do that, and everything will be fine, or not. Not football managers, I don't understand that. "Politics, coronavirus, why me? I wear a baseball cap and have a bad shave. I'm concerned like everyone else. I live on this planet and I want it to be safe and healthy, I wish everybody the best, absolutely. But my opinion on coronavirus is not important." READ: Inter Milan president calls Serie A counterpart 'clown' over handling impact of coronavirusREAD: Premier League 'monitoring' coronavirus situation ahead of weekend's fixtures

'Massive mistakes'

For large parts of this season, it felt as though Liverpool was unbeatable.Until Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Watford, Klopp's players — dubbed "mentality monsters" — had gone on an incredible 44-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, a number surpassed only by Arsenal's 'Invincibles.'The only loss Liverpool had suffered this season prior to the winter break was away to Napoli in the Champions League — though a youthful Reds team did lose to Aston Villa in the League Cup — but now Klopp has presided over three defeats in the last four matches. Since the 10-day winter break, Liverpool has scraped past bottom club Norwich, lost to Atletico Madrid, squeaked past struggling West Ham thanks to a goalkeeping howler, suffered a surprise defeat by relegation-threatened Watford and has now been beaten by Chelsea. In those three defeats Liverpool failed to score and in their last four games have shipped eight goals.The poor run is no doubt amplified by the ludicrously high standards Liverpool has set this season; any slight blip was bound to cause concern.However, Klopp was adamant that he's not worried about Liverpool's run of form following Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Frank Lampard's side."Losing 2-0 is not good, but in this case it's relatively easy to explain," Klopp told reporters after the match. "We made two massive mistakes around the goals. The performance tonight was completely different to the performance against Watford. Against Watford, it was really bad. Tonight, it was not bad."I liked the reaction. I liked the way we played. There was some good stuff. It was a super intense game. We made seven changes because we knew it would be intense. But I'm not concerned about momentum. It's football.READ: Liverpool lose first Premier League game of the season, beaten 3-0 by WatfordREAD: 'Unbelievable' Jurgen Klopp deserves all the credit for Liverpool success, says Mido"We never thought that it would be an easy season, that it woRead More – Source