Jurgen Klopp defended Daniel Sturridge after the striker headed straight down the tunnel following Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Swansea.
Sturridge failed to acknowledge the home fans at the final whistle of a game which was the club’s first on British soil since an inquest ruled that 96 of their supporters were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough in 1989.
The 26-year-old has not been an automatic starter in recent months and has hinted that he could leave Anfield if he does not get first-team football under Klopp.
He was left out of the side which lost their Europa League semi-final first leg at Villarreal 1-0 on Thursday, and he must wait to see if he will start this week’s return game – for which Liverpool are priced at 7/10 with Titanbet to win.
After the Swansea defeat, the England international posted on his official Twitter account: “Absolutely gutted. Thanks to the fans for travelling and supporting us. God willing Thursday will be a better result.”
Sturridge played the full 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium and appeared dejected at the end as he trudged off the pitch alone.
“If somebody forgot to say something to the fans then it’s my fault,” said Klopp. “It is nobody else’s fault. If you think we ignore the fans it’s not what we wanted. I went too immediately.
“Hopefully our fans know how close we are to them. After a game like this if you want to leave, if you want to go… you (might) want to rest and recover and do a lot of things.”