Thursday 8 December 2016

'I could have played there' - Jurgen Klopp criticises his team following Roma defeat

Roma 2 Liverpool 1

Published 02/08/2016 | 07:31

Roma forward Edin Dzeko, second from left, is congratulated by teammates Kevin Strootman, left, and Radja Nainggolan, third from left, after scoring a goal against Liverpool
Roma forward Edin Dzeko, second from left, is congratulated by teammates Kevin Strootman, left, and Radja Nainggolan, third from left, after scoring a goal against Liverpool

Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States ended in a 2-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Roma.

  • Go To

The Serie A side won it thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah either side of Sheyi Ojo's equaliser in St Louis.

Jurgen Klopp named a strong side, with starts for Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge, but it was Roma that started better.

Former Manchester City striker Dzeko had already missed two good chances when he fired into the bottom corner after a fine turn just before the half-hour mark.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, right, and Roma midfielder Da SIlva Gerson battle for the ball
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, right, and Roma midfielder Da SIlva Gerson battle for the ball

The Reds were level before the break, though, when Ojo headed home from James Milner's corner.

But the decisive moment came just after the hour when Salah restored Roma's lead as he poked home after Simon Mignolet had saved Dzeko's header.

Liverpool were unable to get back into the game and suffered just their second defeat of pre-season as they return home to play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

The Reds lost Alberto Moreno late on to an injury, but Klopp has allayed fears of a lengthy lay-off.

He told the club's official website: "He is okay, it's dead leg in the hamstring. He couldn't activate the muscle so you cannot play. That's how it is."

Klopp admitted his players were tired but criticised a lack of discipline in the team.

"The gaps between the players were too big, I could have played there," he said. "I hate games like this. The problem is every offensive action from Roma was a chance. And that makes absolutely no sense. That's not allowed."  

Read more here:

Press Association

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport