Jurgen Klopp was in a prickly mood after Liverpool’s 4-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City, accusing a Sky Sports interviewer of leading an agenda.
Klopp flatly refuted the notion his team was on the beach a week after wrapping up the Premier League champions, angered at questions over the attitude of his team.
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“If you want to lead this story in the direction that we were not focused on that game, then do it,” Klopp said to Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves. “You asked (about attitude) the second time now.
“We speak about attitude – I like my team, I like how they set-up, I said that and I thought it’s clear.”
Liverpool mustered just three shots on target across the 90 minutes but the German manager said that was not down to a lack of effort.
“I saw a brilliant attitude, I saw boys who were fighting with all they had. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago.
“We lacked fluidity. In some situations they were quicker than us in mind, that is true as well, that’s what they use. Then the pitch becomes big immediately.
“They used their chances, not all but a lot, and we didn’t. City were still 100 per cent deserved winner of course today, but like a 5-3 or something would have been possible as well. It doesn’t make things better. It was 4-0 and we have to take that and that’s it.”
The 53-year-old was also angered by a question over whether Liverpool produced enough goal-scoring opportunities.
Mohammed Salah hit the woodwork from the edge of the box before Manchester City’s opening goal, while Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were both guilty of missing some big opportunities.
“Why you ask me if we had decent chances?” Klopp fired back. “We had moments. You watch a game completely calm, why are you asking me if we had decent chances? It makes no sense, this question. We had decent chances, so ask me about them.”