Jurgen Klopp takes '100 percent of the responsibility' after shock cup defeat.



Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took responsibility of their 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

First-half goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann handed the Championship side a comfortable lead before the Reds halved the deficit with a late strike by Divock Origi.

Liverpool eventually suffered their third defeat in a row as they were sent out of the FA Cup at the fourth-round stage.

And following the clash, Klopp said they will learn from the shock defeat at Anfield.

On how disappointing the result is, the German said as Liverpoolfc.com quoted: "Very, again. Cup games like this are always difficult [and] in our situation, after losing two games, not full of confidence, not flying through the league.

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"We made a lot of changes, of course, most of them because we couldn’t do it differently, but a few because we wanted [to]. And the start in the game doesn’t make it easy: a free-kick after one minute, a goal, lets them fly and makes everything easier for them and everything more difficult for us.

"That’s why you should avoid a start like this. But then there’s still actually 93, 94, 95 minutes to go. First half, too static against a deep-defending side, too static, not fluent enough and all that stuff. It’s a little bit to explain, [the team] didn’t play too often together but could have already been better and should have been better.

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"Second half it was better, we could have scored a few times. They could have scored another, minimum, [with] one very big chance they had. So even [if] we [had] scored three times or four times and won 3-2, 4-2 or 4-3, it doesn’t make the performance much better.

"But of course it would have been nice to score these one or two goals more because it feels different. I am responsible and I feel really responsible for this performance, because I thought we could do better, obviously. We have to think about this. Not too long, but we have to think about this.

"You learn, always, about situations and players and all that stuff in all games. It was an important game for us today and obviously we couldn’t deliver."

On whether he felt his side let him down on the day, Klopp replied: "No, I don’t feel that they let me down or something. I am responsible for the line-up; I saw them training and I thought ‘That’s the line-up’. At the press conference on Monday we can talk about who can play and cannot play [against Chelsea] because today not a lot of the players who were not involved could play.

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"I said – and it’s what I mean – that I am responsible for the bad things and not just the good things, and today was obviously not good, so that’s my responsibility. We could have played better, each boy could have played better and I know this. You always learn a little bit about [the players].

"For each single performance maybe there is an explanation, but I’m not sure that we should look for it. I am never too harsh in criticism and you especially should not be emotional in the moment when you make the criticism, it makes no sense.


"At one point I will watch the game again and then I will know a little bit more about it, but from tomorrow onwards we have to prepare for the Chelsea game. Today’s game in the detail is not too important for that – it will be in a few parts a similar game, it’s not that it’s completely different, but the opponent has the highest quality in the Premier League.

"It will not be an easy job, but hopefully before Tuesday, we all can recover and the crowd can recover and look forward to the game. That would really make sense – it’s a home game against the leader of the league, so we need everybody for this game. As I said, we will talk on Monday about this, but now recovery."

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