Jurgen Klopp reacts to Newcastle defeat in a way Rodgers never would

The Reds head coach responded well despite defeat on Tyneside.

It may sound like putting a positive spin on a bad performance but the way Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacted to his side's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon was commendable.

Indeed, according to BBC Sport, the German was frank and honest after the game, saying things that would have actually made Liverpool supporters feel better despite a disappointing display at St James' Park.

That doesn't excuse the fact the Reds were poor - and that Klopp didn't quite get his starting XI right.

But his reaction was an admirable one. Hardly what Liverpool fans got used to under Brendan Rodgers...

Klopp is quoted as telling Sky Sports by BBC Sport: "With the situation Newcastle are in and the situation we are in, you have to say they deserved the win. I couldn't see that we should have won, we were not good enough today. I don't know why.

"I have to see it again and know more about it but it was hard work. It should not be this hard. We could do better. We should play much more football, our pressing was not good. We were not compact - there was a lot of things we did not do well."

Without criticising Rodgers too much - as there has been enough acknowledgement of how infuriating a presence he had become at Anfield - there may not be a single post-match interview he ever conducted like Klopp's.

If Liverpool had lost this match under the Northern Irishman, his reply would likely have involved 'intensity, intensity, character, philosophy and intensity.'

But Klopp is honest - he isn't happy and freely admits, without any useless jargon, the fact Liverpool didn't deserve to win. That ensures he'll be seeking a much-improved performance next time around.

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