Jurgen Klopp reckons a missed tactical session last week meant his players were not prepared offensively to break down stubborn Swansea on Monday evening.
We play West Brom tonight, but the sour taste is still in the mouth after ruining our magnificent Manchester City victory with a dour 1-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium.
Roberto Fimino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were simply not at the races, which is surprising considering they had a lengthy break.
But due to many first-team members falling ill, the staff decided to skip the tactical session planned – which was very evident.
“It’s not an excuse, it’s the truth,” Klopp told the Echo.
“During the week because of illness and little issues here and there was one session we could not do that we usually do – tactical, offensive, where we stand…
“We couldn’t do it and I had to accept that. We spoke about it and we needed to speak about it again at half-time.
“That was what made me really angry because I thought: ‘Come on! It’s clear we have to do that, we’ve done it plenty of times and we have to do it again.’ That was my problem after that game.
“We had a very average game from us, but we had I would say three big ones (chances). Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and then Adam (Lallana) at the end.
“Do we score in situations like that? Yes really often. We had chances but not enough of them and in the other parts of the game we were not like we wanted to be.
“That was more my problem after the game. ‘Precisioning’ was not good. We had lost it.”
We’d have more time for this excuse if we hadn’t had have eight days between the City and Swansea games. ..
Surely the tactical set-up, as in where players are positioned offensively, is not that much different in other away games against lesser opponents who sit deep…?
Never mind. A win today will help fans feel better about the side, anyway.
Bring it on.