Klopp ad­mon­ishes ‘static’ Reds af­ter win

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LIVER­POOL man­ager Ju­r­gen Klopp said he was in­fu­ri­ated by his team’s first-half per­for­mance af­ter they came from be­hind to win 2-1 at Swansea City.

The Ger­man lost both Eng­land mid­fielder Adam Lal­lana and Ser­bia de­fender De­jan Lovren to in­jury dur­ing Satur­day’s game, rul­ing both play­ers out of in­ter­na­tional duty.

But it was his side’s slop­pi­ness that con­cerned him most of all, de­spite a win that saw Liver­pool close to within two points of Premier League pace-set­ters Manch­ester City.

“I was very an­gry,” Klopp told re­porters at his post­match press con­fer­ence.

“I am 49 years old and I have lost a lot of games and un­for­tu­nately will lose a lot more, but to­day made no sense.

“It was not a day when we should have lost be­cause we could have done so much bet­ter in the first half.

“We were all an­gry at half­time, but at our­selves, so I told them we had to show we are bet­ter and show why we were here.

“It looked like we were here to be in a foot­ball game, but I wanted them to show we are here be­cause we want to win a foot­ball game.”

Liver­pool were left fac­ing a shock de­feat when Leroy Fer cap­i­talised on weak de­fend­ing to put strug­gling Swansea ahead in the eighth minute.

But Roberto Firmino equalised in the 54th minute be­fore win­ning the penalty that James Mil­ner con­verted to se­cure all three points at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

“It was a bad start,” Klopp said. “We were not ready for this game and it is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure we are ready.

“Swansea did well, but we were re­ally too static. There was no move­ment.

We knew what they were go­ing to do in train­ing, which would be sim­i­lar to what they did against (Manch­ester) City, but it was dif­fi­cult.

“We were never com­pact enough for counter-press­ing sit­u­a­tions.

“Af­ter the goal it didn’t im­me­di­ately be­come bet­ter, but it did even­tu­ally.”

“It is al­ways very im­por­tant that even when it is not a bril­liant per­for­mance, you are still able to win,” he said.

“I didn’t think this would be a game where we would be that bad be­cause there was no sign in train­ing that we should be this bad. That shows we are still learn­ing.” – AFP

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