By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool’s defeat at Watford was their worst performance in his two-month Anfield reign.
The Merseysiders were two down at Vicarage Road on Sunday inside 15 error-strewn minutes, never recovered and conceded the third, five minutes from the end as they over-committed in search of a way back into the game.
Liverpool missed the opportunity to climb to seventh in the Premier League table and remain in ninth place, five adrift of Tottenham in fourth.
“I would say hopefully it’s the most disappointing moment in my Liverpool life from now on,” Klopp told Sky Sports afterwards.
Nathan Ake opened the scoring when he prodded home from a yard out after Adam Bogdan had spilled a cross. Replays suggested the Liverpool keeper – who was only playing because Simon Mignolet was injured – had the ball kicked out of his hands by Watford’s Miguel Britos.
“Of course the first ball from Adam Bogdan, he should keep and he drops it. Having seen it again usually it is a foul but it is 1-0 and our reaction was really bad,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“The first one is his [Bogdan] fault, but then both hands on the ball, that is the goalkeeper safe, he has the ball, I think the referee didn’t see it. It was the wrong decision but we made more wrong decisions.”
The German was unimpressed by Liverpool’s reaction to their dreadful start at the home of Watford, who are not just one point adrift of a Champions League place.
Klopp explained: “We lost our mind and stopped playing football. The second goal was very easy, we can defend this better.
“We tried a bit in the first half and changed a bit half-time, the start to the second half was very good, we could have scored two goals, but we didn’t and then the third goal. Yeah, game over.”