Jurgen Klopp admitted he “tried different things” to strengthen Liverpool’s hand in the transfer window and accepts the buck lies with him after he failed to add to the squad.
Liverpool have lost four of their last five games and only won once in January and that has led to questions over Klopp’s lack of January additions.
The German though has fronted up and accepted responsibility as he stuck to his principles of never buying stop-gap players for the short-term.
“What’s very important, never blame anybody else for your own mistakes,” Klopp said. “That’s not the case.
“I cannot change my answer only because we played bad football today. I cannot say ‘yes it would be fantastic if the club gave me the opportunity’, we had from the club side the opportunity to do something but we didn’t find the right players.
“That’s because the players were not available.”
Julian Draxler, Quincy Promes, Andrea Belotti, Virgil van Dijk, Christian Pulisic and Julian Brandt were all linked with moves to Anfield last month but for one reason or another Klopp, who has Sadio Mane away on international duty, failed to deliver.
“We tried different things, it’s not a money issue or whatever different reason,” added Klopp. “I take everything. If you say now ‘not enough players, not good enough players’ I have to take it.
“We have to show the reaction but it will not change my answers because of things like this after a game which I’m not happy about.”
Klopp is in the midst of his most difficult run since taking charge of the club in October 2015, with just one win in 10 games this calendar year – against League Two side Plymouth.
“You can’t believe how many questions I ask myself, even when you win 5-0, 6-0,” said the German. “That’s not important.
“I don’t think I’m perfect, that doesn’t change things like this. I’ve said it a few times before but I feel 100% responsible for defeats, much more than I feel for wins, and my whole life has been like this.
“It doesn’t mean for me I’m not suffering, I don’t do self-pity, I’m not like this. I know when I get up tomorrow I am solution-orientated, there are solutions 100% but I cannot do it here.
“Many teams already made mistakes and changed it but for this, you have to do the right things, and I’m quite confident we can do the right things.”