Jurgen Klopp criticises Liverpool's defending in defeat to Swansea

Liverpool have a mountain to climb to catch Chelsea in the Premier League title race following a shock 3-2 home defeat to Swansea, according to Anfield legend Steven Gerrard.

The two players completed their moves to the club earlier this week and Clement brought them straight into the starting line-up for today's tough trip against a Liverpool side who were looking to close the gap on League leaders Chelsea.

Two goals from Fernando Llorente and another from Gylfi Sigurdsson consigned the Reds to defeat at Anfield for the first time in a year, with Klopp's side dropping points at a crucial stage.

Most troubling for Klopp, however, was the manner of Sigurdsson's victor, with the Iceland global benefiting from a sloppy clearance from Ragnar Klavan after a long ball forward.

"Then the most disappointing moment, the third goal, almost everything was wrong around this goal". The reaction on the long ball was not good.

And when given an opportunity to single out individual teammates for the overall lacking performance and throw them under the bus, the skipper took a hard pass. "We need to make sure, especially when you get back in the game at 2-2, that first and foremost you defend and, with the quality we've got, you always fancy us to get another goal".

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GETTY Jurgen Klopp is not concerned with Liverpool's recent form

Just when they needed momentum - or durability at the very least - they find themselves seemingly running in mud in every game. It's not that you can create in each second a chance, but we had these four or five really good moments when we did really well.

The score then remained level for all of five minutes, right up until the point Gylfi Sigurdsson pounced to secure the Swans' first ever victory at Anfield with 15 minutes left by steering a loose ball past Simon Mignolet...

Meanwhile, Swansea City boss Paul Clement praised the resilience of his new side after suffering a heavy 4-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend. But it was Swansea that hit Liverpool in the second half once more, as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the victor. "It didn't look like they would cut through us".

"I think the mindset in the group, since I've been in, is anything is possible", he added.

"Against Arsenal we delivered a 35-minute performance".

"We weren't in a defensive mood, it was attack after attack, rolling and rolling and rolling-that's how the game was in this moment", he explained. "We performed over a 90-minute period".

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