English Premiership

Klopp says Liverpool dragged into a fight

2018-01-23 08:29
Jurgen Klopp (Supplied)

United Kingdom - Jurgen Klopp blamed his players for becoming embroiled in a fight at Swansea City as they lost their unbeaten 18-match run to the Premier League's bottom club.

Liverpool failed to grab a late draw to extend their lead over fifth-placed Tottenham as they lost to a single goal from Alfie Mawson - and Klopp himself clashed verbally with a home supporter.

It was Liverpool's first defeat since October, but the points were priceless for Swansea, who cut the gap between themselves and those above the relegation places to just three points.

He said: "I am more frustrated about the performance than the result.

"We were just not good enough, especially in the first half. We didn't play how we wanted to play.

"We didn't keep the right positions we needed to, to cause them problems and didn't stretch them.

"We gave them the opportunity to score and then we did exactly what Swansea wanted.

"They didn't need to play, they needed to fight and we did exactly what they wanted and their confidence grew."

Liverpool missed plenty of opportunities for their normally clinical strikers Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.

They also came up against a goalkeeper at the top of his game in Swansea's Polish number one Lukasz Fabianski.

The only goal came against the run of play in the 41st minute when Mawson swept the ball in at corner and Virgil van Dijk had misplaced a header as he tried to clear.

It summed up an awkward league debut for Van Dijk, who had previously only played in one FA Cup tie since his record 75 million move from Southampton.

'HE PROBABLY HAS A SEASON TICKET'

The frustrations provoked Klopp into his argument with a Swansea supporter around the hour mark and he admitted: "He was shouting at me all the time but I reacted. I am a human being, not just a professional manager.

"I am sure I am not the first manager who has a problem. He probably has a season ticket."

Klopp added: "Swansea knew that to win today they needed our help and unfortunately we gave it to them.

"They did the right things to deserve to win a game like this tonight and we didn't deserve it.

"We could have equalised at the end, but didn't have that luck."

For new Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal, this was a tactical triumph as he used a five-man defence to deny Liverpool space and then hit them on the break.

The Portuguese likes to use seafood metaphors to describe players as either lobsters or sardines, but this time he was borrowing motor racing analogies as he left Liverpool on the hard shoulder.

Carvalhal said: "I talked with my players and said this (Liverpool) is a really strong team.

"They are like a Formula One car. But at 4:00pm in London it will be difficult to speed, they would be a car like any other.

"We needed to make sure there was traffic, we could not let them have open roads to drive in."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Friday, 10 August 2018
Manchester United v Leicester City, Old Trafford 21:00
Saturday, 11 August 2018
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, St. James' Park 13:30
Fulham v Crystal Palace, Craven Cottage 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton, Molineux Stadium 18:30
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Liverpool v West Ham United, Anfield 14:30
Southampton v Burnley, St. Mary's Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.