Jurgen Klopp adamant Liverpool will “strike back” again following Swansea defeat

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted his frustration at Liverpool’s defeat to Swansea City on Monday night, but fully expects a strong response from his players.

The Reds suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Premier League‘s bottom-placed side, and the performance was never good enough in south Wales.

It brought an end to an impressive 18-game unbeaten run, and further raised concerns over Liverpool’s ability to break down defensive-minded teams.

Klopp is well aware that the Reds under-performed badly at the Liberty Stadium, but he has total faith in the team bouncing back.

“If you take a point, yes, we have a longer [unbeaten] run but it doesn’t make the game better. That’s what we have to think about,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.

“I don’t forget that the boys delivered in the last few weeks and months but, for the moment, it doesn’t help. We need to feel both—it’s not about thinking about what we did well.

“We need to deliver all the time, we know that, and we didn’t deliver.

“It’s hard work on a night like that, Swansea fighting for their life. I don’t expect free-flowing football.

“The last situation was maybe the clearest one. We threw everything in their box, to be honest. We nearly used it but it doesn’t make the game better.

“No points or one point is maybe a big difference at the end but now, again, we have to strike back immediately. That’s what we will do.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 14, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Prior to the Swansea disappointment, Liverpool’s last defeat came away to Tottenham on October 22—a terrible showing that led to a 4-1 loss at Wembley.

After that match, an angry Klopp declared “we have to show a reaction. That’s what we have to do,” echoing his recent remarks almost to the word.

The Reds responded superbly from their Spurs meltdown, rising to third in the league and securing progress to the Champions League‘s last 16, and we must see more of the same this time around.

Liverpool host West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening, before heading to Huddersfield Town three days later. Back-to-back victories are imperative.

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