‘I was not in a good mood after the game, or when I went to bed or woke up’: Jurgen Klopp defends tetchy interview in which he returned to questions about Liverpool’s attitude during the 4-0 defeat in Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp has defended the bad-tempered interview he gave Sky Sports after Liverpool’s humble defeat 4-0 to Manchester City.
The Reds boss seemed annoyed when he answered questions after seeing his squad lose their first game since being crowned champion.
Klopp claimed his side had shown a ‘brilliant attitude’ despite the result, but took on Sky’s reporter when his players’ focus was questioned again.
Jurgen Klopp has defended his mood after Liverpool’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City
The Liverpool boss gave a spicy interview to Sky Sports after seeing his side beaten
Liverpool rivaled the record for the worst loss as Premier League champions at Etihad
“That’s the second time you ask for attitude,” Klopp said during a spirited exchange on the sidelines at Etihad.
“If you want to tell this story that we’re not focused on this game, do it, but I’m happy with the attitude of our team.”
Klopp was asked about his response at his press conference on Friday and defended his response, insisting that the Sky Sports chat came too soon for him to relax after the final whistle.
“I was not in a good mood after the game,” he said. “I was not in a good mood when I went to bed or when I woke up and then I said to Melwood” I’m really in a good mood “.
The defeat surpassed the 3-0 defeat at Watford that had ended their Invincibles dream
It came after a stunning City performance in which they scored three times in 20 minutes
‘Why? Because we have changed things. If you lose a game, you lose a game. You never take it easy, but we’ve had a little more time to think about it.
“The problem with post-game interviews is that you have time to go in and then you have all the interviews.
“We lost this game in the most important moments. In these moments, City was better than us.
“We gave away a penalty, we gave in after a throw-in, we left Joe [Gomez] only in a situation that no player should be allowed to play against [Raheem] Sterling.
“Apart from that, we were good – good situations, but we didn’t finish them.”
Phil Foden added a third half time rest in a brilliant performance from the hosts
Raheem Sterling’s shot went into Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for an own goal in the second half
Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden scored to give City an impressive lead at the break, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own goal saw Liverpool drop to their worst loss of the season.
Klopp continued, “It was Sadio’s [Mane] likely? We had more chances, but we didn’t play the last pass.
“This game had more chances than when we won 3-1, but we gave away four goals, so one thing is the feeling and one thing is the facts, both things are important and we will use both.”