Jurgen Klopp is adamant Liverpool are making steps in the right direction despite being dumped out of the FA Cup – and claims to know exactly what needs to be addressed.

Two goals from Mohamed Salah weren’t enough as the Reds were beaten 3-2 at bitter North West rivals Manchester United in Sunday’s fourth round tie.

It was a second successive defeat for the Premier League and world champions, who have now won only one of their last seven games.

But Klopp is confident he saw sufficient signs ahead of a big week in which they travel to both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in the top flight.

“It’s not what we wanted so it’s frustrating, but it’s how it is,” said the Reds boss, who still hasn’t progressed the fifth round in the FA Cup during his time at Anfield.

“If you want to win tonight you have to be in absolutely top (form). We were not at the absolute top but we made a lot of steps in the right direction.

“We can take positives. It was good preparation for the Tottenham game (on Thursday) with their counter-attacking threat. We know exactly what we have to work on.

“If you have a situation you don’t like then you want to get out of it. And we want to get out of it, and to do that you have to make steps.

“Tonight we made steps, not the final ones but we made steps and for the moment that’s okay.”

Manchester United vs Liverpool FA Cup

Liverpool at least ended their goal drought, with their only other goals since December 27 having come in the 4-1 win over an Aston Villa under-23 side in the third round.

“The boys really wanted to change,” said Klopp. “We wanted to score goals and we did that, so that was good. We scored twice and had other situations where we could have scored more.

“We created really well against a deep defensive block. There were a lot of good things.

“But if you score two that doesn’t mean you should concede three. There were obvious mistakes around their goals.

“Start of the game was good, then we made a decisive mistake around the first goal United scored.

“We had many options offensively but no protection, then we lost the ball and then they counter-attacked.

“It was not the first counter-attack of the game, so we have to improve that.”

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

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United’s winner came from a Bruno Fernandes free-kick after referee Craig Pawson adjudged Fabinho had fouled Edinson Cavani on the edge of the area.

And Klopp added: “The free-kick they got, I don’t know, some people said it might not be a foul. But I haven’t seen it back.

“You have to stay stubborn in moments like this. You have to do the right stuff again and again.”