Jurgen Klopp admits he felt “alone” after Liverpool fans left early during their defeat to Crystal Palace, but the manager blamed his players.
Some Liverpool fans were seen leaving Anfield early after Scott Dann headed visiting Palace into the lead on 82 minutes, and while Klopp lamented the desertion of his support, he blamed his players for the early exits and opposed to the fans.
“After the goal on 82 minutes, with 12 minutes to go, I saw many people leaving the stadium,” Klopp said. “I felt pretty alone at this moment. We decide when it is over. Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals if you like.”
Clarifying his comments so as to not blame the fans, Klopp added: “I am not disappointed about this.
“They have reasons [for leaving] and maybe it is easier to go out, I don’t know. Don’t make a big thing about this but we are responsible that nobody can leave the stadium before the final whistle because anything can happen.
“We have to show this and we didn’t. Everything is OK but we can do better.
“It is not a problem to lose a game. It happens in football but we have to learn. If we learn, we decide how strong we are, how good we are, how awake we are and how tired we are. Nobody else.
“We played on Thursday [at Rubin Kazan in the Europa League] but I decide if I am tired, nobody else. Today we needed a few minutes to come into the game. It was not enough. If everyone thinks we gave everything, then it is wrong.
“Big decisions are made in moments when you are tired. Tonight it feels so bad because it was absolutely not necessary.”