Jurgen Klopp admitted he was “not 100% sure” why his players did not perform on Wednesday night, but was more than willing to accept they had an off day.
As per Goal.com’s Neil Jones, he told reporters during his post-match press conference: “The timing for our defensive movements were not good enough, we didn’t close the space in the right moment, we didn’t react in the right situation. And so they could play through.
“We didn’t create a lot of chances. Second half was not good enough. It’s always a bad sign when you have to say your goalkeeper was your best player, but it was obvious tonight.”
Klopp was keen to put the blame onto himself rather than the players on the pitch.
He added: “A big part of that performance is my fault. I need one night to watch the game again, but it looked not like it should have looked. Tonight we were not good enough, and normally if you are not good enough you lose football games. That was us tonight.”
It’s safe to say Klopp will be looking for an instant reaction when the Reds host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.