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Klopp Criticizes First Half Effort In Swansea Loss

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The Liverpool boss expressed his disappointment as the Reds lost out on a chance to go third above Chelsea.

Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

This is clearly the FA’s fault. For the second year running, last week’s emotional win over Manchester City is followed by a banana peel fixture to the league’s bottom side. #FAOut. Can you we do that?

Despite a fair amount of warning, a motivated Swansea capitalized on an error from Virgil Van Dijk to snatch a 1-0 victory and make it now two wins from the last four for the revitalized relegation battlers

Liverpool’s new £75m signing made the mistake of clearing a 40th-minute corner almost directly onto the penalty spot for Swansea’s Alfie Mawson to gratefully sweep past Loris Karius for the lead.

“I’m frustrated and I’m angry because it was not a good game,” Jürgen Klopp fumed in his post-match interview. “We lost the game in the first half. We didn’t do what we wanted to do.

“It hasn’t happened too often so I didn’t expect that, I was quite surprised. Because of the first half we weren’t flying and they were.”

That criticism was most assuredly communicated in the half time talk, with the Reds responding in the second half with an avalanche of shots on Lukas Fabianski’s goal.

”We made pressure at the end but not enough to score,” Klopp continued. “The last situation was unlucky but if we got a point it would still have been a bad game for us, and it was the opposite of what we wanted.

“That happens from time to time and it’s never the right moment and like it should be.

”It’s not that we threw it away. Swansea are fighting for their life and we’ve no problem with that, we had a problem with our offensive motions. It’s not what we came here for tonight, we have nothing, and that’s our fault.”