Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his team’s display in the 2-1 comeback win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday at Selhurst Park.
Palace took the lead through substitute Jean-Philippe Mateta from the penalty spot ahead of Jordan Ayew’s red card for two bookable offences.
Mohamed Salah bagged the equaliser in the 75th minute before substitute Harvey Elliott secured the win with an impressive strike from distance in injury time.
Klopp said: “For 76 minutes, it was a really bad performance. We didn’t have rhythm changes, we didn’t have any kind of accelerations, we had no timing. It was horrendous.
“There was a sign that we were a bit too passive and stuff like this. In the beginning, Crystal Palace were extremely high on confidence… They were good but we made it happen for them with bad passes and losing the ball in the wrong moment.
“But what we did from 76 to the 105 or whatever, that was really because we know up against 10 men, there can be more problems. We really turned the game around, the subs were super influential.
“That’s actually the story so far this season that what we bring from the bench has a real impact. That’s why we could do it.
“But if Harvey miss-hits the ball, it’s a draw. If Mo is not there and the ball doesn’t get deflected, we lose the game.
“I know it’s tough. These boys play an awful lot of football and sometimes the inner enemy is a bit louder than in other moments. Today, I saw a lot of boys struggling with that. You can change from outside from the bench and you can change it, but we should not come into that situation much more often.”
On Salah’s 200th goal for Liverpool, the German added: “Pretty impressive from Mo… an incredible number for a super special player. I don’t know how often he saved us with a goal he’s scored in the right moment.
“It was a pretty loud reception in the dressing room when I gave him the shirt with 200 on the back. I don’t know if he made a speech, I had to go for media work.
“Now that’s off the shoulders because when you have 199, it’s a bit different to 198. Now we can go for the next 100.”