Jurgen Klopp was not happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 1-0 loss to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, admitting his side contributed to their own downfall.
Having inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Premier League pacesetters Manchester City a week ago with a thrilling and daring attacking display, Liverpool slumped to a lacklustre loss against the basement club.
Klopp admitted that his players simply did not do what was expected of them, particularly in the first half. Swansea battled gamely for a precious success and they got it thanks to Alfie Mawson’s goal just before the interval, as Liverpool failed to defend a set piece.
“I’m more frustrated with the performance than the result and I’m angry because it was not a good game,” Klopp said. “We lost the game in the first half.
We didn’t do what we wanted to do. It hasn’t happened too often so I didn’t expect that and I was quite surprised. “We had a chance right at the end, but if we had got a point it would still have been a bad game for us.
The game was the opposite of what we wanted. That happens from time to time and it’s not that we threw it away. “Swansea are fighting for their life and we’ve no problem with that.
To win this game Swansea needed our help and they had it.” The setback left Liverpool fourth in the table, now six points adrift of Manchester United in second spot and just two clear of Tottenham in fifth place.
Liverpool are 1.30 to finish in the top four this season, while Spurs are 2.20.