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'We deserved to lose' - Jurgen Klopp offers no excuses for Liverpool's Cup exit


Jurgen Klopp offered up few excuses after Liverpool were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Jurgen Klopp offered up few excuses after Liverpool were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Jurgen Klopp offered up few excuses after Liverpool were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested his side were guilty of contributing to their own downfall as they were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Klopp named a strong line-up as he looked to bounce back from a first Premier League defeat of the season at Watford on Saturday, but Liverpool failed to score for a second successive match as their hopes of a first domestic double since 1986 evaporated.

After blazing a trail through so much of this campaign, Liverpool's fall from grace has to be a concern for Klopp as his side look to come from behind in their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid next week, but he insisted that game is not on his mind yet.

"We are not interested in Atletico Madrid, it is all about Bournemouth," he said ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at Anfield against the Cherries.

"They are fighting with all they have and they did really well against Chelsea. Nobody has to feel sorry for us, we will win football games and that is what we want to do on Saturday.

"We deserved to lose this game because they scored twice and we made massive mistakes for both goals. After that it was a completely open game, we had three-four shots in a row in the first half and Sadio Mane was close to finishing but the intensity of the game is why we made some changes.

"We needed fresh legs and then it needs to settle a bit but conceding does not help. The boys reacted well, but the second goal is a problem and Chelsea defended physically well.

"We played Chelsea and they play in counter-attacks and that is OK, in moments they struggled with us. A lot of parts of the performance I really liked.

Liverpool have now lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, with their only win in that run coming courtesy of a battling Premier League victory against West Ham as they came from behind to win at Anfield last week.

"We know we have to improve, it is not about destiny, not about not clicking here or there, it is all about us and we have to take it in the right way," added Klopp. "It is not the best three weeks of the whole season but it is a chance to make it the best three weeks now and that is the plan.

"In the last few games we have conceded too many goals, but I am not worried about momentum. I am not concerned. It is football. We never thought it would be easy."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard offered up very different emotion after the cup tie, as he revealed he held a meeting with his squad ahead of the game against Liverpool after a disappointing run of results.

"We needed a general meeting and where we want to get to," he stated. "We're not a Chelsea of time gone by, a different place. Unless we work hard at training we can't make that jump.

"I'm really proud. Liverpool are the best team in the league and what they are doing is incredible. So for us to put in a performance like that, the effort, the quality was something special. We know we've got a long way to go but you have to celebrate those moments.

"It was an impressive performance, we can't ask for any more. You have to defend well to keep a clean sheet and we did that and more. It was a great performance."

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