Klopp clarifies unusual remarks after Man City loss in Liverpool programme notes
Jurgen Klopp has explained why he was so upbeat after Liverpool's title hopes were all but ended with a crushing 4-1 defeat by Manchester City earlier this month.
The Reds capitulated in the final 20 minutes of the Anfield clash, as two Alisson errors and Phil Foden's super strike saw City extend their commanding lead at the top of the Premier League table.
But after the match, Klopp was full of praise for his team and insisted he "liked a lot" of Liverpool's performance.
"I saw a really good game and big mistakes," the Reds boss told BBC Sport . "In each game, when you make these kind of mistakes, it's very likely you concede goals.
"It's easy to agree that the first half was a really good game, two sides really trying a lot to cause problems for each other, and I liked a lot I saw in the game."
Klopp added: "The confidence could have suffered after the last game but tonight I saw a very confident team, if I'm honest. I liked the football we played.
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"It's very difficult to explain that we lost 4-1."
Klopp raised eyebrows with his positive assessment of a heavy defeat, but the German insists he cannot "ignore good things" just because the result did not go Liverpool's way.
"I know that after the Manchester City and Leicester City contests it would have been difficult for some to understand why I saw positive elements in both," Klopp wrote in Liverpool's programme notes ahead of their clash with Everton.
Was Klopp right to highlight the positives from Liverpool's 4-1 defeat by City? Have your say in the comments.
"As the manager I cannot ignore good things because people don't want to hear about them in that moment.
"Trust me when I tell you no-one hated losing those games more than me. I really hated it. But it's possible to hate the outcome while not losing perspective of everything else."
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