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Klopp perturbed after champions Liverpool blown out at Man City

Jurgen Klopp reaction

English fourth official Mike Dean (C) comes between Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) and Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on July 2, 2020. (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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“It’s all okay. It’s not nice. It’s not what we wanted.”

Jurgen Klopp was ornery after Liverpool were blown out of the Etihad Stadium in a 4-0 loss on Thursday.

The manager did not like a line of questioning after the huge loss, which came in the first match after the Reds clinched their first Premier League title in 30 years.

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But you know the German wizard is a massive competitor. He took umbrage at the idea that Liverpool’s spirit was anything other than what it showed in the run-up to its title.

“I saw brilliant attitude, boys who were fighting with all they had,” Klopp said of the loss. “We didn’t behave (poorly). We lacked fluidity and in some situations, 50-50, they were just quicker than us. Then the pitch becomes big immediately. The first goal felt like five minutes along in a challenge with Sterling. There must be a second player. They used their chances not all but a lot. It it was 5-3 or something I would be positive as well. It’s a 4-nil and we had to take that.”

Klopp felt that there was a narrative being pushed that the Reds lost 4-0 because they were content with their title or still hungover.

“If you want to lead this story that we were not here with our focus. That’s the second time. I said I liked my team. It’s clear. We proved our point and that City is an incredible team. ... By the way I do that always. I saw City’s season. I didn’t see a bad game. Even when they lost.”

The Reds are still the champions and a lot of the surprise from his anger probably comes from the fact that we’re just not used to seeing him after defeat.