Jurgen Klopp was snappy with Geoff Shreeves in post-match interview following Liverpool’s defeat by Manchester City on Thursday.
The Reds boss was clearly frustrated by the 4-0 defeat and wasn’t best pleased with the line of questioning on Sky Sports.
Klopp was asked whether he believed his team had down tools somewhat as a result of already winning the Premier League title this season.
He was also asked for his thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s City side.
Below is his Sky Sports interview in full.
GS: You said before the game, we have prepared as well as we can, we won’t know until it starts how it will turn out, what did you make of it and the way the game panned out?
JK: I think I understood your question in a manner that you weren’t sure how much it means to us, this game. Or how much – what did you mean by the question?
GS: Pre match…
JK: I know, I know…
GS: ‘We are all human beings…’
JK: Exactly, but I understood it like attitude wise. ‘Is the game important to us, how will it go?’ And I saw a brilliant attitude, I saw boys who were fighting with all their effort.
We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. So like, it’s not important. It’s all good. We lacked fluidity, and that’s for sure, and in some situations – 50/50 situations – they were quicker than us in mind.
And that’s what they used, and then the pitch becomes big immediately. So first goal we leave Joe [Gomez], what felt like five minutes alone in a challenge with [Raheem] Sterling and then there must be a second player.
I think before the second goal we lose the ball, or third goal it could have been, which makes no sense, but can happen against City and then you have massive problems.
They used their chances – not all, but a lot – and we didn’t. So if City was 100 per cent deserving of course today, but a 5-3 or something like that would have been possible as well.
It doesn’t make the things better. But now it’s 4-0 and we have to take that. And we do that. And that’s it.
GS: At 0-0 did you have decent changes yourself?
JK: You ask me? Why you ask me if we had decent chances?
GS: Do you think you had decent chances?
JK: We had moments, but you watch a game completely calm. Why do you ask me if we had decent chances? This makes no sense this question.
We had decent chances so ask me about them. So we had chances. Sadio Mane was in the box. We didn’t use them, that’s true.
Maybe we weren’t clear enough in moments, but we had moments where we could have scored, but we didn’t.
That’s the situation with Ederson, it was a good moment for us, the goalie comes out and takes full risk and is lucky in the situation.
So maybe these kind of things we had them, but for sure not exactly as often enough. And always in football if you don’t score.
It’s difficult to mention chances obviously, because everyone forgets them immediately, even I forget them obviously, but that’s the situation.
But it’s all OK, it’s not nice. It’s not the result we wanted. I wanted to see the right attitude and I saw that, and that’s fine. And the result we have to take.
GS: Do you have to put it into perspective at all, the fact, as we said before the game, you saw the things you wanted but you have just won the title. Do you have to apply a perspective at all?
JK: I’m sorry?
GS: Do you have to apply a perspective at all?
JK: What does that mean? I don’t understand English now sorry. What does that mean? Do we have to…
GS: In terms of perspective, you’ve just won the title, you said they were quicker in certain areas yourself. You were happier with your players tonight…
JK: If you want to lead this story in the direction that we weren’t here with our focus on that game then do it. You have asked the second time about attitude.
I liked my team… I said that and I thought it was clear. And you go again with that, I think we proved that point, that City is an unbelievable team.
So, isn’t it nice that in this league another team can be champions even when City is around and plays this kind of football, that’s a surprise as well.
GS: I was about to say, do you also have to give credit for how well City played tonight?
JK: I forgot that maybe. I said it, I said it. I absolutely give credit.
By the way I do that always because they are incredible. I saw City’s season and I didn’t see a bad game.
Honestly, even when they lost they still played really good football. But, in the end, the situation is like this.
GS: Thank you Jurgen.
JK: You are welcome.
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