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Diogo Jota agrees with Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Liverpool stars

Liverpool star Diogo Jota has supported Jurgen Klopp's claim that the team needs to do better at closing out games.

The Reds have been poor this season and have thrown away two leads late in games in their last two matches.

Klopp's side took the lead against both Leeds and Newcastle only to concede late and drop two points in each game, severely denting their chances at securing a top-four finish.

The Reds are now sixth in the table, four points below fourth-placed Chelsea, and face a difficult test against Manchester United on Sunday.

And Jota believes he and his team-mates need to improve at seeing out games.

He told the club's official website : "We all felt it [the draw with Newcastle] like a defeat, speaking for me, but I think it was pretty much everyone's feeling as well.

"For example, the last two games at half-time we were winning 1-0, like Wolves. But the difference against Wolves was that we won at the end.

"In these two games we conceded, we played not-so-good second halves and we conceded. Then everything feels bad.

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"Now this is the final third of the season and we know the results are the most important thing, so we need to avoid being so passive in the second halves because we need the results."

Speaking after the game against Newcastle, Klopp warned his side that they need to take chances when presented with them, and can't afford to sit back on leads.

"[A draw is] very tough to take but there is nobody else to blame but ourselves," he said.

"When you create chances like we created today and you don't use them then you keep the game open.

"That's what we did, but again, that's football – the oldest and most important football rule [is] you better use your chances when you have them because they will come back again.

"That's what we didn't do and that's why in the end Newcastle deserve a point because they scored a goal that was disallowed and as far as I remember it was the first time we were lucky with VAR, to be honest, but we didn't even take that present. We gave them another one, they used that, so it's a 1-1."

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