Perhaps not the best preparation for the home leg of the Europa League semi final on Thursday, but Jurgen Klopp is understandably keen for the Reds to move on from defeat to Swansea today as quickly as possible.
The Liverpool manager was speaking after the match, which saw Liverpool lose 3-1. He said (via Sky Sports): “The first two goals were too easy and too simple for Swansea. We deserved the defeat and they deserved the win but I think a big part of this result was our performance so we have to accept this, recover and prepare again and play much better.
“Our performance was not as good as possible. With this line up, we tried to bring fresh legs and fresh minds. I’m only frustrated and disappointed because I know we could have played better.
“It’s not important now but if we could have played a little bit better, closer to our 100 per cent then it would have been a completely different game.”
Klopp opted to put out a much-weakened side, that saw the likes of Kevin Stewart, Sheyi Ojo, Pedro Chirivell and Brad Smith replace their senior counterparts, whilst Danny Ward started his second game in goal.
The youngsters struggled away from home, whilst their senior team mates mostly looked disinterested and off-pace, and the manager is keen to just move on and to concentrate on Thursday. He continued: “Now, in this moment, we take each game as it is from now on.
“So it’s the Europa League, then next Sunday, it’s the Premier League. Do you really think we say ‘let’s put everything in this game and ignore the rest of these games’ – that’s not how we can work.
“We played really well in the last few games with different line-ups and today we didn’t and that’s less surprising than the good games we played with ten changes and things like this.
“After Bournemouth, after Stoke, after all of these games, everyone says ‘how good are these young players?’ and they are good, but that’s how it is.
“Life as a professional footballer player is not always a honeymoon so you have to prove yourself and deliver. Today, it didn’t work too well but that’s not a problem for the future, it’s only problem for today… It’s not about the squad or something, it’s only about today.”
Whilst Liverpool had been off the pace in the Premier League for most of the season, results since January had left the team with an outside chance of qualifying for Europe via the league but a draw to Newcastle last weekend and the defeat today has left the Reds with just the Europa League left for glory this season.