MICHAEL Laudrup apologised to Swansea City’s fans after their Anfield “nightmare” and admitted: “We could have lost 10-0.”
Swansea warmed up for the Capital One Cup final by suffering their worst defeat in 11 years.
Former Liberty boss Brendan Rodgers, whose side were beaten by Swansea in the League Cup in October, exacted revenge over his old club with a thumping 5-0 victory.
The Reds manager revealed afterwards that his first target had been a clean sheet against Laudrup’s men.
But this game was all about Swansea’s leaky defence rather than Rodgers’s rearguard.
Laudrup left out Ashley Williams, among others, and his team were dismantled in painful fashion.
“It was a nightmare,” the Dane said. “We got slaughtered.
“We stayed in the game in the first half, but then we gave away three goals at the start of the second.
“It was awful and I just have to say sorry to the fans who travelled up here.
“We are all responsible, and I include myself. I pick the team. I left out two players because I wanted to make sure they are okay for the final — Michu, our top-scorer, and Ashley Williams, because we don’t know if Chico (Flores) will be fit.
“But that’s not an excuse. We have made changes in a lot of games in the last couple of months and we have still been competitive, but here there was nothing — we could have lost 10-0.
“I thought the team I picked could be competitive but I was wrong and I have learned a lot from this. I saw some things which will be important for me in the future.”
Swansea fell behind before the break to a contentious Steven Gerrard penalty — although the hosts should have had a spot-kick earlier in the game — but things really started to go wrong after the restart.
They conceded three times in the first 11 minutes of the second period before Daniel Sturridge’s late penalty rounded off Swansea’s heaviest defeat since 2002.
“I don’t want to point fingers, but the first ten minutes of the second half were horrible to watch,” Laudrup added.
“We cannot concede three goals like that — it’s not good enough and we have to learn from this.
“But I cannot say I regret the changes because until this game, we have always been competitive even when I have changed the team.”
A morale-sapping defeat is hardly the ideal way to prepare for next weekend’s meeting with Bradford City at Wembley.
But Laudrup, who is likely to make six changes to the side which started yesterday for the final, reckons this setback will not be an issue.
“I don’t think it will affect us,” he said.
“We will be down for a couple of days but then we will get back on the horse.
“We will look forward to the final and it will be a completely different game.”
Flores has been receiving treatment on his ankle injury at Barcelona over the weekend, but it will be a major surprise should he be fit for the Bradford game.
Ki Sung-Yueng missed out at Liverpool with a throat infection.