Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated as Liverpool threw away two points in stoppage time against Newcastle.
Joe Willock’s 95th-minute equaliser earned Newcastle a 1-1 draw at Anfield despite Liverpool having many chances to put the result beyond doubt.
Having had a warning when Callum Wilson had a goal ruled out moments earlier following a VAR review, Liverpool still could not see the job through and remain adrift of the top four.
“I don’t think you can create many more chances or better chances than what we did today,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“We didn’t finish the game off and we didn’t play enough.
“It was not complicated. With a few passes, we always came through, we just had to do that again and again. Just keep going and going and let them run.
“The counter-attack can happen but we kept them alive. In the end they deserved the goal. They scored two minutes before, whatever, another one with the new rules it’s unlucky for Wilson but that’s how it is now and we didn’t even take that present.
“We’ve been unlucky with VAR this season but today we were and then we gave another chance away. It makes no sense. It’s really tough to take.”
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Liverpool had 22 shots but found the net only once through Mohamed Salah’s brilliant effort early on and Klopp had no explanation for the team’s poor game management.
He said: “Why it happened, I don’t know. We just have to keep the ball. In a specific way, we don’t fight enough. When we lose the ball, we fight. But we don’t keep the ball and dominate in the way it was possible to dominate today. We had 70 per cent of the ball but we should have had 80 per cent.”
The result means that Liverpool remain in sixth, behind West Ham and Chelsea in the race for the Champions League places, before facing Manchester United next weekend.
“We learn or we don’t play Champions League,” added Klopp. “That’s it.”
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