Enraged Jurgen Klopp berates Liverpool over ‘absolutely not acceptable’ double error; thanks Man City for limiting score to 4-1

Jurgen Klopp after a Liverpool loss

Jurgen Klopp looks downcast after Liverpool defeat

Jurgen Klopp has described how Liverpool performed in their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City as “unacceptable”, eventually breathing a sigh of relief that the score wasn’t bigger – while revealing how many of his players might be able to escape criticism.

Liverpool returned from the international break on Saturday with a trip to face Man City. With the hosts missing Erling Haaland through injury, Liverpool went in front via Mohamed Salah in the first half.

However, City responded through Julian Alvarez 10 minutes after, before goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish swung the game away from Klopp’s side in the second half.

Liverpool remain on 42 points due to the defeat and will be keeping an eye on the 3pm game between Brighton and Brentford, since either of them could overtake them now.

Things unravelled quickly for Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, leaving Klopp enraged – particularly at the two goals they conceded early in the second half.

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Klopp told Match of the Day: “The first half was one we’ve seen a few times when we’ve played here. City always have more possession, but we had spells. We played calm, composed and caused them problems.

“Scored a wonderful goal, had another big moment but concede. It was unlucky how the ball went through [Andy] Robertson’s legs and they finish it off but coming out after half time and conceding two quick goals broke everything down.

“The goals, how we conceded is difficult to accept – we didn’t put in a challenge for either. That’s absolutely not acceptable to be honest.”

Jurgen Klopp: ‘Four-ish players had an OK game’

So unimpressed was Klopp by the gulf in the two sides beyond then, that he actually thanked City for not scoring more than four.

The manager continued: “City completely in control after that and we were open and they could do whatever they wanted. That they only scored one more goal is well, thank you. It could’ve been different and that’s really bad news for us.

“In the end, we had moments but in general how we lost everything, unacceptable. 3-1 down is difficult here but there was nothing more there. Four-ish players had an OK game and the rest were somewhere I don’t know.

“Three days and we play again against another strong team. Tomorrow is a big day for us because we have to work with what we saw today because we see it more often now.”

Liverpool are next in action on Tuesday when they will look to rectify their recent flaws against fellow inconsistent side Chelsea.

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