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Jurgen Klopp apologises for Daniel Sturridge ignoring Liverpool fans

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When Jurgen Klopp became manager of Liverpool, the players would have known he would bring a raft of changes with him.

One of those changes has been making sure all players applaud the fans, home or away, win or lose, after every game. Klopp always joins in as well.

But Daniel Sturridge was in no mood to clap the travelling Liverpool fans after a drab 3-1 defeat against Swansea City on Sunday.

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It had been raining non-stop the whole game and the England international had been particularly poor by his standards, as did most of his Liverpool team-mates.

Upon hearing the final whistle, Sturridge could not have got himself down the Liberty Stadium tunnel any faster. He made a beeline for the away dressing room and the gathered press wanted an explanation from Klopp.

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The German coach simply said: "Sorry if you thought we ignored the fans, but I went too."

On BT Sport, Owen Hargreaves also defended the player, saying any professional would be disappointed after such a display.

He said: "I think people can misjudge that. I think he's thinking about Thursday. Having played 90 minutes today, is he going to be in the team?"

Hargreaves was referring to the Europa League semi-final at Villarreal, which may have been playing on the mind of all Liverpool players as they put in one of their worst performances of the season.

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Half-time talks

Sturridge was left out of the first leg, which Liverpool lost 1-0, and looks set to miss out on the return fixture after playing the full game against Swansea.

But Klopp revealed that Sturridge demanded to play to full 90 minutes during their half-time discussions.

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