Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool's pre-season thrashing by Man Utd

Klopp's men were well beaten in Bangkok
Klopp's men were well beaten in Bangkok / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/GettyImages

Jurgen Klopp has admitted his Liverpool players essentially 'assisted' Manchester United in their 4-0 loss to the Red Devils in Thailand on Tuesday.

Strikes from Jadon Sancho, Fred and Anthony Martial saw Man Utd race into a three-goal lead before half-time, before Facundo Pellistri added a fourth with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Speaking post-match, Klopp revealed he was impressed with the effort his men put in, but obviously not the result.

"The goals we gave away for United, we nearly got assists for it, to be honest. But they used the chances and that's how it is. But I saw a lot of really good stuff from my team as well. The game obviously came a little bit early for us and a few of our players," Klopp said.

"It was pretty clear where we made the mistakes but you have to keep on playing and that's what we did and we could have scored three or four in the last five minutes - but we didn't and that's our fault. Atmosphere great, welcome fantastic, organisation really, really good. But result not."

Klopp was asked about the performances of new signings Darwin Nunez - who skied a glorious chance from yards out late on - and Fabio Carvalho, but refused to look too deeply into either of their performances.

"I understand we have to talk about [the new signings] but for us it makes no sense," he added. "Fabio is here for eight days and Darwin for three days. He has massive blisters on his feet. We've all experienced that in our life and it doesn't feel different for a professional footballer - it's really painful. But that's the situation.

"I saw a lot of good situations, good performances in moments but no consistency. We were sometimes in a rush, sometimes too high but with the way Man Utd defended in a man marking system, especially in midfield, we lost the balls in the wrong moment, gave the balls away and they finished the situations off. That was the obvious stuff we have to improve, even if we'd won 4-0.

"It's just the start of the pre-season and now we carry on.

"I think United have had a week longer training with the core group, these kind of things. I don't want to take anything away from United in this moment, they did really well. But we saw in the moments where we showed glimpses of our normal football we were immediately dangerous. Some situations were pretty freaky that we didn't score from it, twice the post and all this kind of thing but that's how it is.

"Football is a results game, we accepted it long ago and we accept it tonight.

"The 30 minutes we gave the boys was enough. I think some of them would have been happy if we took them off after 20! Nothing you do in training in these few days prepare you for a football game. You have to get used to it again.

"If we talk about the game completely without the result we have a lot of good things to talk about my team. But if we do it like it should be, not forgetting the result, we have to consider we lost 4-0 and more things didn't go too well because we made some mistakes. That's normal. But you have to pay the price for that."