Monday 20 November 2017

24 hours after whitewashing Barcelona, Liverpool are trounced by Jurgen Klopp's old club

FSV Mainz 05 4 Liverpool 0

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool during the friendly match between against FSV Mainz 05 at Opel Arena on August 7, 2016 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool during the friendly match between against FSV Mainz 05 at Opel Arena on August 7, 2016 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tom Rooney

What a difference a day makes. While there were unquestionably mitigating factors, it remains mind-boggling how Liverpool could go from trouncing the anointed aristocrats of European football to getting a thorough shellacking from a middling Bundesliga outfit in the space of 24 hours.

But that’s exactly what transpired. On Saturday the Reds had dropped copious jaws when beating Barcelona by 4-0 in the International Champions Cup at Wembley.

What the exact logic was in playing another fixture 24 hours later in Germany remains opaque at best.

Regardless, Jurgen Klopp returned to a club he both managed and played for in a previous life, FSV Mainz 05, and, unsurprisingly, his welcome was a rapturous one.

Understandably, he made changes to the side that started against Barcelona, with only Emre Can and Adam Lallana retained.

Before the 15 minute mark the visitors were behind thanks to a spot kick from Daniel Brosinski.

Jhon Cordoba doubled the advantage on the stroke of half time and, just before the hour, Yunus Malli registered the third prior to a close range header from Yoshinori Muto completed the rout.

Afterwards, speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp endeavoured to put the disparity between the results of the two games - the eighth and ninth of Liverpool’s preseason – in a rational light.

“We came here at 2am and it’s not perfect, but they are only things to explain the circumstances. We created a very tough situation. Of course, we should not lose 4-0 but it happened and we can work with it.

“Yesterday we could not stop smiling but that was not right, and today if we cannot stop being disappointed that’s not right either. It’s not between these two poles, if you want.”

Liverpool will travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in their Premier League opener next Sunday.

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