Why Klopp apologised after Liverpool’s win over Huddersfield

Jurgen Klopp said that it was "not a day for a funny interview" after Liverpool narrowly beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium .

Mohamed Salah struck the game’s only goal in the first half, but the Reds were sloppy in their play and somewhat fortunate to escape with the three points.

Jonathan Hogg hit the post with an effort from distance for the hosts, while Alex Pritchard had a goal disallowed for offside and Steve Mounie blazed a glorious chance wide late on.

Klopp had named an unfamiliar team for the game , with Sadio Mane and Naby Keita both ruled out through injury and Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum on the bench.

Salah started in attack with Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, with Xherdan Shaqiri playing deeper in midfield.

It made for a disjointed display from the Reds, with Klopp far from happy.

"It is not a day for a funny interview," said the Reds boss as he appeared on BT Sport next to his friend, the Huddersfield boss David Wagner.

"It was a not so good game for us, even though we won it 1-0.

"For me it looked like we could have scored in five, six, seven situations, an easy goal with one better pass. One better pass. Especially after the 80th minute.

"Huddersfield did really well and we had to fight, and so I’m proud of that. But I said after the game, when we shake hands, ‘sorry’ because it was a bit fortunate for us."

Klopp cited how difficult it was to prepare for the game after the international break.

"The last game we played before the game was Man City, and it’s easy for us to explain all the strengths of Man City," he said. "But it’s more difficult to explain the strengths of Huddersfield which they obviously have.

"I expect from us to do better. Result-wise not, but performance-wise yes. And we will do, I’m pretty sure."

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