Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was not too downhearted after the 2-1 defeat to Roma and claimed “it’s easy to change” what went wrong.
The Reds were well off the pace in St Louis, but Klopp defended the performance at the Busch Stadium and insisted there were mitigating circumstances.
“It wasn’t our best game but that can happen when you aren’t compact like in the first half. There were big spaces between the positions,” said Klopp.
“Nearly every attacking situation was a chance. It made no sense.
“We had a lot of good chances too. It could have been 6-5 at half-time. It was exciting for the supporters but not what I wanted.
“I can accept it because I know why. We’ve had 13 days in the USA and the hardest circumstances tonight.
“A lot of intensive sessions and then playing in that heat. We’ve had a lot of games in the last few weeks and our opponent has had no games for two weeks so it was hard.
“Of course we have to do better. It was easy to see what was wrong so it’s easy to change it.”
The Reds touch down at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Tuesday afternoon and they will now prepare for Saturday’s friendly at Wembley.
“The players have done really well on this tour,” Klopp added.
“There have been a lot of perfect sessions and some really good moments in our games.
“In some offensive situations tonight we played really well. We were unlucky, good goalkeeper, whatever.
“I am happy that no-one is injured. It was difficult to play tonight for my team after this intense time. We will go back to England and build from this base.
“The pitch was as good as possible. I’ve played on better pitches but I’ve played on much worse. It’s a wonderful stadium and the atmosphere was nice.
“It was a big honour for us to be here in this historical place. We tried, we did our best but it wasn’t enough tonight.
“The supporters were fantastic – that’s been the main thing about this tour. We tried to pay them back but tonight it wasn’t enough. We will pay them back this season.”