Klopp: I can only apologise to the fans


Klopp accepted Liverpool’s performance was “not good enough” and bemoaned the way his side played into Everton’s hands, conceding both goals from set-pieces.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp – who was coaching his last Merseyside derby before standing down at the end of the season – said: “I’m very disappointed.

“We let it happen to become the game Everton wanted. Two goals from set-pieces. They are really strong.

“But we created a lot and didn’t score. Then in the second half we were emotional and in a rush, not really clear enough.

“Then we concede a second goal with a routine they do the whole season – we knew the ball was going there, we just didn’t defend it well enough.

“It was free-kick after free-kick. That was part of the story. But we weren’t good enough.

“I didn’t expect that performance but it happened. It’s not the greatest moment we’re in but you have to fight through it, use your moments to get your momentum.

“We had a bit of that after Fulham but our two strikers, one is injured [Diogo Jota] and the other is a father [Cody Gakpo]. That’s not helpful.

“You don’t play your best football and are 2-0 down to a passionate, fighting opponent. We tried but it wasn’t good enough. When you win there are 500 reasons, but when you lose it’s just not good enough. That’s how it is.

“I can only apologise to everyone who is with us – it’s hard for us but I know for our people it is especially hard. We should’ve done better but we didn’t and that’s why we lost.”

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