Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool’s young players have much to learn after his weakened side slumped to a lacklustre 3-1 defeat against Swansea.
Two goals from Andre Ayew and one from Jack Cork at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday proved enough for Swansea to guarantee their Premier League safety.
Christian Benteke pulled one back for Liverpool, but Klopp’s team were well beaten in a fixture sandwiched between the more significant business of their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.
Liverpool will now turn their attention to overturning a 1-0 deficit in Thursday’s semi-final second leg against the Spanish side at Anfield and Klopp was quick to concede the youngsters he brought into a team featuring eight changes were still some way short of the finished article.
“The performance was different to Bournemouth. We did not play as well as we could and our performance was not as good as it could have been,” Klopp said.
“We tried to bring in fresh legs, as we have done in the last few weeks. However, I am only frustrated because we could have played better.
“Had we have played a bit nearer to 100 per cent, it would have been completely different.
“The first two goals were too easy, they deserved the win and we deserved the defeat. But our performance was responsible for that and we have to recover and prepare for a big game in Thursday.
“I cannot change my mind on players after every two days. Everyone said how good they were after Bournemouth, but it is not always a honeymoon period and you have to prove yourself and deliver.
“It is not a problem for the future, only for today. They need to use the information for the future and we have to improve.”
– Disappointed –
Klopp also defended Daniel Sturridge’s decision to make for the dressing room at full time, rather than joining his teammates in thanking the vast numbers of travelling Liverpool fans.
“He was not ignoring the fans, I went in immediately also, I hope our fans know how close we are to them,” Klopp said.
“You want to go home, rest and recover after a game like that. My fault if someone does not say thank you is down to me.”
The suggestion was that England forward Sturridge was disappointed not to have been withdrawn sometime during the second half.