Jürgen Klopp lambasts Liverpool performance after Swansea defeat

Ben Fisher at the Liberty Stadium on 22 January 2018

Jürgen Klopp lambasted his Liverpool side’s performance after a shock defeat against the Premier League’s bottom club, Swansea City, and insisted he did not suspect any complacency following their impressive 4-3 win over the leaders, Manchester City.

Alfie Mawson’s first-half goal was ultimately enough to earn Carlos Carvalhal’s side a 1-0 win, only their fifth in the league all season. Roberto Firmino headed against a post in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time before the Liverpool substitute, Adam Lallana, had his effort blocked by Mawson. Klopp, though, admits his team got what they deserved.

“The performance in the first half was not even close to what we wanted to do,” Klopp said. “We had the situations but didn’t use them. I am frustrated, I am angry. But I am more frustrated about the performance than the result. The result is always a result of the performance; we were just not good enough tonight, especially in the first half. We didn’t stretch their formation; we didn’t keep the right positions to cause them problems. Swansea knew to win this game that they needed our help and we gave them that.”

For Swansea this was a much-needed victory and an unlikely scalp, to end Liverpool’s 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Carvalhal, the former Sheffield Wednesday manager who succeeded Paul Clement at the end of last month, has lost only once in six matches since taking charge. Swansea remain bottom but are three points off safety and only six off 10th place.

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal celebrates with his coaching team at full time. Photograph: McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

“We are breathing in this moment. We are not in emergency in hospital, we are still in hospital but we can accept visits now,” Carvalhal said.

“We still have a lot of work to do, we are still not in a good position but confidence is high, and the dynamic is better.”

Of navigating a way past Liverpool, who remain fourth, the Portuguese added: “They are like a Formula 1 team but a Formula 1 team in London at 4pm in the traffic, it is a car like the others and the speed is difficult. We needed to not open the roads [for them] like in Formula 1, because if we did that, we would have lost three or 4-0.”

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