We went from the sublime to the shambolic in less than 24 hours at the weekend as we beat Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday before losing 4-0 to Mainz in Germany on Sunday.
Clearly, scheduling two games in two days less than a week before the season wasn’t a great idea, and now Klopp has been speaking about the double-header.
He thinks the poor performance can be put down to two things – tiredness and injuries.
“I also knew that we would have to play with two different teams otherwise it wouldn’t work,” said the boss,
“But there were a couple of reasons why we couldn’t go through with that plan of having two completely different teams.
“Some had to play in both games and they looked more tired than the others.” (via Echo)
Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno, Marko Grujic, Kevin Stewart, Gini Wijnaldum, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, and Roberto Firmino all played some part in Germany despite also getting minutes against Barcelona the day before.
Amazingly, Klopp doesn’t think the trip and loss was a complete waste of time.
“Unbelievably, there were still some things I actually liked. I can work with this match and make use of some things,” insisted the German.
He concluded by praising the Mainz staff and fans for his reception. He served the club for 18 years before moving to Dortmund.
“It was really nice to be back in Mainz and see so many familiar faces and I wish everyone well,” he added.
“When I look at the familiar faces, they don’t look as young as they did back in the day!
“The Opel Arena is a beautiful stadium and I could see how much the fans enjoyed their day.”