Jurgen Klopp sends blunt message to Liverpool players after shock defeat

The Liverpool manager has challenged his players to react in their next game after Saturday's setback

Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to channel their frustration after a 3-2 defeat by Swansea City to show a reaction against Southampton in their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

The Reds slumped to a first home defeat of the season in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after a 3-2 loss to struggling Swansea City at Anfield.

Fernando Llorente scored twice in the space of four second-half minutes to give the Welsh outfit an unlikely 2-0 lead with 38 minutes to play on Merseyside.

Liverpool managed to restore parity thanks to Roberto Firmino’s header before the Brazilian forward netted an incredible half volley in the 69th minute.

But Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a dramatic winner with 16 minutes remaining amid some poor Liverpool defending to inflict a defeat that could spell the end of the home side’s title challenge this season.

Speaking at his post-match media conference following Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Swansea, Klopp explained how his players must react to the setback.

“It’s a few weeks ago we [last] lost in the Premier League and it has to feel really bad – and that’s what it does. I don’t need this feeling but now we have to, like always we have to use it – we have to show a reaction.

“It was not like we are in this situation and think everything is going well, we are really fighting. 2-0 down is not nice, but scoring the equaliser was fantastic so then it was clear who was on the run – but then it was really hard when we conceded the third one. It is our mistake – nobody else made a mistake, only us. Now we have to show a reaction.”

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Swansea became the first team to beat Liverpool at Anfield since Manchester United in January 2016.

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