Wednesday 18 October 2017

Jurgen Klopp admits mistake in passing mystery note to Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge and (inset) Jurgen Klopp
Daniel Sturridge and (inset) Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp speaks with referee Neil Swarbrick after the game

Nick Purewal

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he reacted too late when he passed a tactical note to Daniel Sturridge during last night's 1-0 deteat against Southampton in the first leg od the EFL Cup semi-final.

Sturridge appeared nonplussed by a change of tactics in the second half, with other Liverpool players also bemused by Klopp's switch as they went down to a Nathan Redmond goal at St Mary's.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager revealed he had altered Liverpool's tactics to 3-5-2 and admitted failing to get the message across to his players quickly enough.

Liverpool now take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in Sunday's Premier League encounter, with Klopp demanding an immediate upswing in performance from his side.

"It was just a new system, however you want to call it, 3-5-2," said Klopp.

"Two wingers, two strikers, that's all.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren helps to clear a Nathan Redmond shot off the line Picture: Reuters
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren helps to clear a Nathan Redmond shot off the line Picture: Reuters

"No more information, but it was enough.

"I think we were a little bit too late when we gave him the paper when the game was already running on. That was our mistake. Things like this happen."

Klopp insisted his side can produce a dramatic rescue act in the return leg on January 25.

"We will strike back, we will be a different team, different side - everything will be different at Anfield," he said.

"So for us it's still possible to go to Wembley and that's the target. That's the only comfort to take.

"Losing 1-0 is the third-best result you can get.

"I don't like it too much, but it's still possible.

"The performance doesn't feel too good, that's how it is. But for the final everything is open.

"At this moment there's two disappointed managers after the game, one because he lost, the other because he won 1-0 and has to go to Anfield, and that's how it is."

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (centre) and Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg battle for the ball Picture: PA
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (centre) and Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg battle for the ball Picture: PA

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