The season's only just begun and Jurgen Klopp is already dipping into his colourful box of bonkers excuses.
The Liverpool manager was in testy mood after watching his side come from behind twice to secure a point against Fulham and had fans on social media in stitches after blaming the result on … *checks notes* … a dry pitch!
"[It was] a really bad game. How can that happen? The attitude was not right in the beginning. We tried to react after 15 minutes. The pitch was dry, stuff like this. Really difficult," Klopp – who's presumably had his side training in swamps all summer – told BT Sport after the match.
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As you'd expect, rival fans immediately hopped online to ridicule the whinge-bag German.
"‘The pitch was dry’ This Klopp guy has excuses ready for anything," one fan tweeted along with three laughing emojis. Another said: "I guess Klopp's used to playing in a swimming pool or something is he? The pitch was too dry?? What is he on about?"
"He's an embarrassment," a third said.
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The Reds fell behind in the first half after Aleksandar Mitrovic climbed above Trent Alexander-Arnold to head home from close range at the back post, before club-record signing Darwin Nunez equalised with a glorious flick after coming off the bench.
Mitrovic put the hosts in front again after winning and converting a penalty following a clumsy challenge from Virgil van Dijk, though Liverpool's blushes were saved by Mo Salah who tapped home following an awkward scramble in Fulham's box with 10 minutes remaining.
Over the past few seasons, Klopp has come up with some fascinatingly imaginative excuses for his team's shortcomings. He's blamed the wind, Alisson's cold feet, and even the placebo effect before – so by comparison, blaming a dry pitch, somehow, feels a little tame.
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