Jurgen Klopp saw an ‘unbelievably intense’ match with Atalanta, but ultimately ‘a deserved defeat’ for his Liverpool side at Anfield.
It was a complete turnaround from the 5-0 result Liverpool earned in Bergamo a few weeks ago, as they failed to get a single shot on target and were beaten by Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens goals.
“It was not a good game. From both teams, didn't create a lot, until they scored the goals,” Klopp told BT Sport of the 2-0 result.
“A deserved defeat in a difficult game. The ref didn't whistle a lot and that makes it even more difficult, for both sides. It was unbelievably intense and you need some breaks.
“When the first half is gone, you usually settle but for some players who didn't play for a while it was very intense for them. We didn't find a way in the game.”
Klopp hit out at BT Sport because of the fixture list, which prompted Liverpool to rest several players this evening.
“Easier to talk about a good game. We had moments but not real chances. It could happen to other teams. You ask us to go Saturday at 12:30, which is nearly a crime. That is nothing to do with the result, but congratulations to you.
“Thumbs up, no injuries and we go again.”
Liverpool remain top of their Champions League group on nine points, followed by Atalanta and Ajax on seven each.