Jurgen Klopp has apologised for his angry confrontation with a Swansea fan after Liverpool’s disappointing defeat at the Liberty Stadium.
The Liverpool boss had become frustrated after the opposition supporters continually heckled him during the game, that saw the Reds 18-game unbeaten run come to an end in Swansea.
The visitors could not find the back of the net despite 21 shots on goal and the bottom of the league hosts having just 28 percent possession.
Alfie Mawson headed home the only goal of the game in the 40th minute of play, following a poor headed clearance from Liverpool’s £75million record signing Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool scuppered a number of chances and almost rescued a point in injury time but Roberto Firmino’s header hit the post.
The heated exchange took place as the final whistle blew. Klopp has insisted he refrained from using bad language in his response, but admited he should not have reacted to the abuse from the vocal fan.
“He was shouting at me all the time and I reacted once,” Klopp said of the incident.
“I must remind myself I’m a human being and not just a professional manager who takes that all the time. They can say whatever they want, at one point I turned to him and said, ‘Please!’ It was only one moment when I had enough, it wasn’t to do with the fact we were 1-0 down.
“I’m sure I am not the first manager who has had a problem with him there, he must be a season ticket holder. It was my fault as well. I should not react, but I didn’t say anything bad. I just showed I wasn’t happy about what he was saying.”
The defeat left Liverpool six points behind United and three adrift of Chelsea. Swansea stay bottom – albeit on goal difference from West Brom.