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Klopp: We deserved to lose!

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Jurgen Klopp was very critical of his sides defending after they lost to Swansea at Anfield.

Liverpool went into Saturday’s early kick-off looking to cut the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to just four points, but fell to their third defeat this season by a Swansea side that was at the bottom of the table at the start of the day.

Having gone 2-0 down to Fernando Llorente’s double, the hosts drew level thanks to two Roberto Firmino goals but then undid their good work by allowing the unmarked Gylfi Sigurdsson to score a 74th-minute winner for the Swans, leaving Jurgen Klopp less than impressed.

“The most disappointing moment was the third goal” Said the ex Dortmund boss.

“There was nearly everything wrong with this goal: it started with a long ball and the reaction was not good.

“We scored and then we couldn’t switch to defence mode and that was the biggest mistake in this situation.

“We were passive and they took the opportunity.

“The defending around all three goals was not good enough. That is a very important part of the game and was very disappointing.

“It was a big opportunity for us to get three points and that is what makes it so frustrating.

“We gave them the opportunity to win the game so they are deserved winners.”

And Klopp says his players must use the pain of Saturday’s loss to motivate them in those fixtures.

“Is it damaging? In German that is a harsh word but if it has influence it has to be like this,” added Klopp on the impact the defeat could have on his side.

“It has to feel really bad and that is what it does. I don’t need this feeling but now we have it and we have to use it.”

Liverpool now have an important run of games, including a top of the table clash with Chelsea, which many Reds fans may now see as a game they need a good result in to keep their title challenge alive.

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