Jurgen Klopp was left fuming by his Liverpool stars on Saturday.

The Premier League champions found themselves two goals behind against League One side Blackpool at Anfield despite several first-team players being named in the starting XI.

The German boss is known for his high-standards and he failed to control his emotions following unanswered strikes from both CJ Hamilton and penalty taker Jerry Yates.

Although the Reds went on to win 7-2 thanks to goals from each of Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliott, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and defender Sepp van den Berg, Klopp would have been left concerned.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watched his side go 2-0 down on Saturday
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watched his side go 2-0 down on Saturday

After his side went two goals behind, he was heard shouting on the touchline: “Win a challenge! Start winning challenges! Be in the right place! Move!"

There were not many times in the league last season in which Klopp would have found himself needing to get so animated, and he will be hoping for a repeat of the title this time out.

After the match the Champions League winning manager spoke about the fitness of his captain Jordan Henderson, who was not involved in the run out at the weekend.

“Obviously Hendo was desperate to play a few minutes today as well, but it makes no real sense because he had to do an important session today for him,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

Takumi Minamino was on target as Liverpool bounced back in style
Takumi Minamino was on target as Liverpool bounced back in style

“If he would have played today, 10 minutes or so would have probably been OK. But that makes no sense.

“So that was not possible, but he trained in big parts of this week and will probably join full team training next Tuesday.

“Timing-wise, not perfect that he cannot play today, but can train a few days later fully. But that’s how it is.

“We will see how he develops, [there are] a few days until Leeds, how the boys come back from the national teams. A lot of open questions still, but a few hopefully we can answer today.”

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Sadio Mane would have been pleased to score before the new Premier League season
Sadio Mane would have been pleased to score before the new Premier League season

Scorer Matip started in the centre of defence alongside teenager Billy Koumetio, and Klopp was particularly pleased with the performance of the youngster.

He added: “Joel is fit, he trained now a week with us, which is very important obviously considering the centre-back situation we have,” explained the boss.

“Billy so far played an exceptional pre-season; 17 years old, still growing, still learning every day, really nice, so good to give him the opportunity to play in a game like this.”