Liverpool ended their pre-season tour of the United States with a 2-1 loss to AS Roma on Monday night but boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t overly concerned after admitting the score-line could have been worse.
Sheyi Ojo headed his way on to the scoresheet for the Reds on the stroke of half-time to cancel out Edin Dzeko’s 29th minute opener, but Mohamed Salah had the final say as he netted with 62 minutes played to hand Roma the win.
The result comes on the back of a 2-0 defeat of AC Milan in the International Champions Cup with Liverpool still to play Barcelona on Saturday and Mainz on Sunday before kicking off their 2016/17 Premier League season against Arsenal at the Emirates on August 14.
After the match, a relaxed Klopp told gathering press: “It was obviously not our best game but games like this can happen.
“We weren’t compact in the first half and had too big spaces between the positions, so nearly every offensive action of Roma was a chance.
“It makes no sense. On the other hand, we had a lot of good chances too so it could have been 6-5 to either side at half-time. That may be exciting but is of course not what I want.
“Sometimes as a manager you have to accept things and tonight I can accept it because I know why. Thirteen days in the USA and the hardest circumstances tonight at the end, after a lot of intensive sessions and then this wet heat. It was not too easy.
“We had a lot of games in the last few weeks and the opponent had no games in the last two weeks. We knew all that before the game, so it’s hard. But of course we have to do better in games like this.
“Tonight it was easy to see what’s wrong; that’s good because it’s easier to change it.
“Now we have finished, hopefully a safe trip, go home to England and build on the base we made here.”
Klopp, meanwhile, played down a knock picked up by Alberto Moreno during the tie.
“Yes, [he is OK] – dead leg in the hamstring. He couldn’t activate the muscle so you cannot play. That’s how it is.”