JURGEN KLOPP suffered another Napoli nightmare – then apologized to the club’s traveling fans.
The German, who lost his last three games here as boss, walked over and apologized to fans after his side were torn apart.
Napoli, who missed the second penalty of the night to make it 1-0, scored through Piotr Zielinski (two), Andre-Frank Anguissa and Giovanni Simeone.
Luis Diaz pulled one back for the Reds – but it never looked like more than a consolation goal.
Klopp, whose keeper Alisson saved Victor Osimhen’s penalty in the 1-0 defeat, said: “It’s a long flight from Liverpool to Napoli. It was a very disappointing night so I have to apologize to them.
“The problems we had were obvious. Number one, Napoli played a really good game and we played a really bad one.
“Why? We can’t ignore the really bad start, the penalty and the other penalty. But we didn’t play well enough.
“The question is why the lads didn’t make a good game because they want to, so it’s my job to find out. It’s my responsibility.”
“It was really hard, hard to take, but not that hard to explain once you’ve seen the game.”
Klopp was also asked if he feared being sacked after a terrible night.
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The Kop boss said: “Not really, but who knows? There are different types of owners. Our owners tend to be quiet and expect me to handle the situation, not someone else to handle it.
“That’s how they’ve always seen it, and the day they change their minds, maybe they’ll tell me.”
The German was still in shock at the miserable performance as Liverpool are yet to win away from home this season, adding: “After the game you don’t think much – you react more.
“We kind of have to reinvent ourselves, so basic things weren’t there. It’s undoubtedly a difficult time, but unless you play exceptionally well you can still defend at a really high level.
“We should be able to. If you concede a penalty after three minutes and then another after ten minutes, you can’t do that.
“It’s a task. We don’t have to invent a new kind of football, we have to improve.
“Everyone would be happy if we could play the stuff we used to play. That was the least compact performance I’ve seen from us in a long time.
“Napoli were really good but we made it easy for them. We lost the ball in areas and the next situation was a counterattack.
“The reason why that is is becoming clearer, but I need time to say the right things because it’s not 100 percent clear at the moment.”
“NAPOLI MILES BETTER”
Liverpool had lost their last two games here in southern Italy, while Klopp also suffered defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
It is the seventh game in a row that Liverpool have run less than their opponents and now they meet Wolves on Saturday.
Left-back Andy Robertson said: “We were too open. You can’t come to a place like this and not be compact.
“They were the better team by miles but when you miss a challenge you need someone to back up their mate but too many times we got turned around and they had big open spaces.
“We have to go back to basics. We deserved this result because we were open. In the first half they felt like they had an extra man.
“You know the crowd will stand up and you have to be ready to fight.
“I don’t think we were close enough to our mate when we tried to press the ball.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6172445/jurgen-klopp-apology-liverpool-napoli-sack-tuchel-chelsea/ Klopp apologizes to Liverpool fans after Napoli nightmare but insists quiet owners won’t sack him like Tuchel did at Chelsea