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We gave it away says Klopp after Liverpool collapse


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Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi (R) has an unsuccessful shot during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on December 4, 2016. PHOTO: Glyn KIRK / AFP

Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool had only themselves to blame for a shock 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth after conceding three goals in the last 14 minutes on Sunday.

Klopp’s side looked to be cruising to victory at Dean Court after taking a 3-1 lead midway through the second half.

But the Reds completely lost their composure as a series of defensive mistakes allowed Bournemouth to storm back for their first ever win against Liverpool in one of the most dramatic games of the season so far.

Liverpool boss Klopp praised Bournemouth for refusing to surrender and conceded his side were guilty of failing to finish off the hosts.

“First of all I have to say a deserved win for Bournemouth. A big fight from them. We gave the game away at a decisive point,” Klopp said.

“We opened the door and they ran through and scored some wonderful goals. So that’s the deserved result.

“Even when we are in the lead at 2-0 it’s how we try to play football then we were static. We gave the game away because we didn’t play football any more.

“If we learn it’s OK. At 2-0 or 3-1 the game is not decided but the way we played after we gave it away. We gave Bournemouth the ball. These things happen.”

Bournemouth are in just their second season in the top-flight and this was arguably the tiny south coast club’s finest hour.

“It would have been easy for our players to give up and see out time, but our group knows not to give up,” Cherries boss Eddie Howe said.

“We scored at the right time, and the easy thing when you equalise is to sit back and defend that but thankfully the lads kept going.

“In the second half we looked like scoring every time we attacked. For this club and everyone involved it’s make for a very special day.

“These days are huge for us. We’d never been in the Premier League until last season so we’re making history for the club.”

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