Jurgen Klopp went crazy at his players during half-time against Manchester City, because he thinks Liverpool would have won the match if we were at 100%.
By this point, we were 2-0 down and reduced to ten-men, but Liverpool’s boss was furious by the lack of intensity displayed throughout the first 45.
Whatever was said at half-time, it didn’t work, because we were dismal in the second-half and conceded a further three goals to lose 5-0. The result was the worst of Klopp’s career and one of Liverpool’s three worst since the 1960s.
“We have a lot of things to learn from this game. I was really angry at half-time. Not angry because of the result but because the boys saw we could have [won] at 100 per cent,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.
“It’s not important any more, we lost 5-0, it sounds crazy I know! The first half, we didn’t play like we wanted to, we were 60-70 per cent.
“Sometimes it’s impossible after the international break – different plans, different positions, they played all over the world, I don’t like this but we cannot change it – but you saw City struggled also a little bit.
“We had then these clear moments and then it’s one goal [conceded], forget it, it can happen, but the red card gave them [the advantage].
“Everybody knows it’s a bad place to be one man down and we could see this so we tried to drop a little bit deeper, but it makes completely no sense.
“We have a lot of things to learn from today, but the problem is today we cannot change it, we can only learn from it and make the next time better.”
Thankfully, we have a fixture against Sevilla on Wednesday in the Champions League.
A win will help gain revenge for our Europa League Final defeat in 2016, but also help to eradicate the memories from the Eithad capitulation.
Surely Dejan Lovren should return to the starting XI at centre-back, while Joe Gomez could be preferred at right-back to Trent Alexander-Arnold.