Jurgen Klopp 'angry with himself' after Liverpool defeat
By Ben Reynolds
Last Updated: 03/01/16 8:08am
Jurgen Klopp took full responsibility for Liverpool's poor performance as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
Headed goals in each half by Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll made it back-to-back wins for the Hammers and ended Liverpool's Christmas revival.
"It was not enough from my team today," he said. "The decisive moments we were there, but we were not there 100 per cent. We could have done much better. We had our moments, we tried, but if you fight at 95 per cent then it's not enough.
"It's my responsibility. I'm angry about myself today.
"We came back a little bit in the game in the first half and everybody saw when we start playing with a clear direction then we had our moments and made chances, but we didn't score.
"In the second half, we started OK but out of nothing it was 2-0. Of course, West Ham had chances in the first half after set-plays, throw-ins, bad defending - we showed it [to the players] at half-time on TV."
Klopp felt left-back Alberto Moreno was fouled in the build-up to West Ham's 10th-minute opener, when Antonio thumped in a close-range header from Enner Valencia's cross.
"All of the TV stations just now have told me the situation with Alberto [Moreno] was a foul and it could have changed the situation around the first goal a little bit, but we didn't react right to it because there was no whistle," Klopp said. "We have to avoid the cross."
The Liverpool manager was even more annoyed with his side's defending nine minutes after the break, when Mark Noble's floated cross was powerfully dispatched by Carroll against his former club.
"It was five against one, near the sideline, and nobody won the ball," said Klopp. "Then cross, Andy Carroll, 2-0, thank you very much! If you know the other team has Carroll, how can you allow crosses?
The Reds face a quick turnaround as they play Stoke in their Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports 1 HD.