Jurgen Klopp details reasons behind Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Napoli

Jurgen Klopp suffered defeat in Naples on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team struggled to find the right final ball on Tuesday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in the Champions League.

There was little between the sides at the San Paolo but late goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente were enough to give the home team the three points in the Group E opener.

Mertens’ goal came from the penalty spot after Jose Callejon went down under a challenge from Andrew Robertson, which Klopp labelled a dive.

However, the German conceded that his team made mistakes on the night, some of which were down to the high pace and intensity of the match on a hot night in Naples’

‘We had not enough chances at the end, to be 100% honest,’ Klopp told BT Sport after the defeat. ‘We made decisions that were not right tonight and we have to accept the result.

‘Very often it was the final ball which was not right. It was a bit because of the intensity of the game because it was wild.

‘The last ball is the most difficult ball anyway and when you are not in the right physical circumstances then it is even more difficult.

‘There were moments when we should have done better for sure.

‘We were not happy at half time and wanted to change our counter-attack and spread the runs more.

‘We lost the ball very often in the centre in the box when we played a one-two then it went in the other direction and they killed us. That was our problem tonight.’

Klopp later dismissed the suggestion that the Reds were struggling physically, stating in the post-match press conference: ‘You say we looked tired but which teams had the cramps?

‘We had no physical problems tonight. That was not the reason why we lost.’

Not wanting to blame defeat on the penalty decision, Klopp did make it clear in his press conference that he felt Callejon dived: ‘That was the game-changer tonight.

‘I’m sorry, but when the player jumps before there is contact then it can not be a penalty. I can say a lot of things about it, but then it would look like a bad loser.’

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