Klopp admonishes ‘static’ Reds after win
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