Klopp not concerned by Sturridge behaviour


Jurgen Klopp has defended Daniel Sturridge after the striker appeared to ignore Liverpool fans at the end of Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Swansea City in the Premier League.

The striker played the full 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium but was not able to stop Liverpool slipping to a disappointing defeat.

Sturridge had one clear chance in the first half that drifted wide, but otherwise it was a frustrating afternoon for the England international - and that showed at the final whistle.

As the two sets of players shook hands in the centre circle, and Liverpool's squad went to applaud the travelling supporters, there was a notable absentee - Sturridge choosing to head straight for the dressing room.

"Sorry, if you think we ignored the fans, that is not what we wanted, but I went in too immediately," Klopp told a news conference. 

"I think our fans know how close we are to them.

"After a game like this you want to leave, you want to go, you want to go home, you want to rest, you want to recover, you want to do a lot of things.

"If someone forget to say sorry it's my fault nobody else's fault."

He may not have been on the pitch after the final whistle, but Sturridge did praise the travelling sport via his Twitter account.

The striker posted: "Absolutely gutted. Thanks to the fans for travelling and supporting us. God willing Thursday will be a better result."