Jurgen Klopp was disappointed by Liverpool’s display at Newcastle United but said he would rather lose playing badly than lose playing well.
Georginio Wijnaldum had a shot deflected in off Martin Skrtel in the 69th minute before adding a second in stoppage time as Liverpool lost for the only the second time in 12 games under Klopp.
The Reds did not officially manage a shot on target until the 89th minute, though Alberto Moreno had a goal ruled out for offside before then.
Klopp was visibly disappointed with the result, telling Sky Sports: “If you see the situation that Newcastle is in and the situation we are in, I have to say they deserved the win….maybe we could have deserved a point.
“I couldn’t see that we should have won three points because we were not good enough, we didn’t do what we could do.
“I have to see it again, I have to analyse this game so I know more about it.
“It’s hard work – that’s clear, but it shouldn’t be this hard because we could do better and play much more football.
“We played no counter-pressing. Pressing was not good….we were not compact enough – a lot of things we didn’t do well.
“Better you lose a bad game than a good game.”