Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool’s loss to Swansea was not ‘completely senseless’, as he can learn from the performance ahead of the Europa League clash with Villarreal.
Andre Ayew scored twice and Jack Cork bagged one as the Swans eased to three points, aided by a catastrophic performance from the Reds.
Klopp fielded a relatively young and inexperienced team, so as to rest his key players ahead of the semi-final second leg clash against the La Liga outfit, which is to be played on Thursday.
It remains to be seen whether the decision is paid off, but the manager has explained how losing on Sunday will actually aid him in selecting his team for the Villarreal game.
Klopp said: “Usually a game like today is completely senseless, because you lose it 3-1. But if you take the information from this game – what influenced the performance, and why we played like this – then we will use this as information for the squad for the Villarreal second leg.”
Liverpool lost the first leg of the semi-final, conceding in injury time at El Madrigal last week, and the Merseyside club had to fly back to England in time for the game against Swansea.
While Klopp is not ready to blame the hectic fixture list for the dreadful performance, he wants to make aware that his players did not have a long time to rest between games.
He continued: “I’m not in the mood to find excuses, but it’s the truth. We came back at Friday morning, and then we play now! I think we could have played better today, and with a better performance, it is a completely different game.
“It’s not my first defeat, and it won’t be my last.”