Swansea 3 Liverpool 1: Andre Ayew nets brace as Swans coast past 10-man Reds

Klopp also defended Daniel Sturridge for sulking straight off down the tunnel at the final whistle rather than acknowledging the huge army of travelling fans who had begun by sharing an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough campaigners.

“I also went straight down the tunnel. If somebody forgot to say thank you to the fans it is my fault and nobody else’s,” Klopp added.

Liverpool were on the back foot from the word go, giving the ball away too often as Ward saved Gylfi Sigurdsson’s shot and then Ayew twice missed chances.

He made amends after 21 minutes heading home Sigurdsson’s corner, and not long after Cork too easily beat Philippe Coutinho in a midfield challenge before getting away from Pedro Chirivella and curling home Swansea’s second.

Poor Chirivella, an 18-year-old Spanish midfield prospect making his debut, suffered a nightmare before getting subbed at half time. “He’s a wonderful, passing player but today forgot to concentrate himself on his strengths,” said Klopp in the youngster’s defence.

The Liverpool boss sent on Lucas and Christian Benteke at half time to add some substance, and the Belgian striker justified the change when he headed home the promising Sheyi Ojo’s corner.

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