Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to start with Divock Origi at Borussia Dortmund and apologised for the hosts’ equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
The visitors were resolutely solid at the back in an impressive first half of their Europa League quarter-final first leg tie in which Origi, preferred to Daniel Sturridge up front, scored.
However, just three minutes after the break Mats Hummels equalised with a header after beating Adam Lallana to a quickly-taken short corner, a goal which Klopp shouldered the blame for.
“We did it really well, we scored a wonderful goal,” he said.
“Then a set-piece. Yes that’s how it is in football – a fault for all of us. I decided to have Adam Lallana in this position instead of Origi, so sorry for this.
“But we were still in the game and our really big chances after, it really fell into an almost perfect performance.”
Origi fully justified Klopp’s decision to include him at the expense of Sturridge, but the Reds boss said it was a fairly straightforward decision which fitted his game-plan.
“I don’t really understand questions like this because you have to try to imagine where you can have some small advantages and that’s what we did – it was nothing about Daniel,” he said.
“He has played the last games, it is completely normal. I know people say things about me taking him from the pitch after 60 minutes but it is completely normal and now he is fresh for the game against Stoke.
“When Daniel came on he immediately had a brilliant moment, it was outstanding, so you could see the impact he had and I cannot say we played better with Divock ahead of Daniel.
“It was not too brave to put Divock to be honest. He has had no rhythm because of injuries. He is a young lad and we have to work with him.
“Divock was made for this game with the space he can make and how he can hold the ball.”