Jurgen Klopp: What really disappointed me about Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Swansea
The Liverpool manager discusses their shock 3-2 loss to the Premier League strugglers at Anfield on Saturday afternoon
Jurgen Klopp described Gylfi Sigurdsson’s winner as the most-disappointing aspect of Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Swansea City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds had the chance to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points ahead of the west London outfit’s clash against Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool had 75 per cent of possession in the first half at Anfield but Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana couldn’t find the final pass to unlock the away side’s defence.
Swansea broke the deadlock in the 48th minute after Fernando Llorente finished from close range before the Spanish striker extended the visitors’s lead with a thunderous header.
The Reds halved the deficit through Roberto Firmino’s header before the Brazil international netted a sumptuous volley to level the Premier League clash with 21 minutes remaining.
But having fought their way back to parity, sloppy Liverpool defending contributed to Sigurdsson’s winner in the 74th minute to leave the home side facing an uphill battle in the title race.
Speaking to the media after Liverpool’s disappointing 3-2 defeat, Klopp said:
“Then the most disappointing moment, the third goal, nearly everything was wrong around this goal. I think it started with a long ball – that was not a real surprise, they played a few of these,” Klopp said.
“The reaction on the long ball was not good. We strode back, we were there and we scored, then we obviously couldn’t switch in this moment to a defensive mood. That was the biggest mistake in this situation. We were passive. We win the ball and we could again create the next chance, but they took the opportunity and at the end Swansea players were in our box. That makes, of course, no sense.”