Jurgen Klopp reveals how he inspired Liverpool to victory against Swansea

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It was very much a game of two halves at the Liberty Stadium between Swansea and Liverpool.

The Swans came into this match just one place above the relegation zone after just four points from their first six Premier League matches. Meanwhile, Liverpool knew that a win would put them second, just two points behind Manchester City.

However, it was the Swans that dominated the opening 45 minutes.

Leroy Fer gave the hosts an early lead after the Reds failed to clear a corner. But things could have been a lot worse for Klopp’s side if Borja Baston had managed to score one of the two glorious headed opportunities he had.

The German boss needed to give his players the hairdryer treatment at half-time in an attempt to transform the match.

A game of two halves

It appeared that he did just that as the Reds looked a different animal after the interval and got their reward when Roberto Firmino headed in Jordan Henderson’s cross 10 minutes after the restart.

The Merseysiders continued to pile on the pressure but had to wait another 30 minutes before finding the net again. Swansea failed to clear the ball and Angel Rangel brought down Firmino in the box.

Up stepped James Milner to score his fourth goal of the season and give the away side the three points.

But what exactly did Klopp say to inspire his players to victory in Wales?

Well, he has revealed all.

Speaking after the match, the former Borussia Dortmund boss admitted he was angry in the dressing room but told his players what they needed to do.

Klopp's team-talk

“I told the players it was not allowed for us to just accept a bad day. We have to fight against it. We have to strike back,” he said, per the Telegraph.

“I was very angry at half-time. I have lost a lot of football games, but today was making no sense. It was not a not a day when we should lose.

“We lost patience and were moaning about decisions. We need to stop that. We were angry with ourselves, but we got cooler. No doubt about it. It’s important that when not brilliant, you are still able to win.

“I can count brilliant games in a season on one hand, but it’s important to win regularly. I didn’t think this would be a bad day, because there was no sign in training.”

Klopp and his players now have 15 days off before their next fixture - a massive clash against Manchester United at Anfield.

But during the next two weeks, Klopp won’t give a thought about his side’s disappointing performance during the first-half at Swansea. He will just be glad they came away with all three points despite their below par display.

But he'll certainly be hoping he doesn't have to inspire his players at half-time against Jose Mourinho's side and they perform from the first whistle.

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