Liverpool have to produce an immediate response to Saturday's result against West Ham United when they travel to Stoke City in the cup next week, according to Dejan Lovren.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were turned over 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground as headers from Michail Antonio and then Andy Carroll gave the Hammers all three points in the Barclays Premier League.
Lovren echoed the manager’s post-match assessment that the dominant emotion in the away dressing room was anger, and called for rapid improvement in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.
The defender told Liverpoolfc.com: “We are disappointed. It wasn’t the best performance from us and we need to be angry with ourselves.
“We could and we need to do more because when you look to the two [previous] games, today it was something different.
“I don’t know the reasons why but we need to step up quickly from this because we don’t have time to think about it now, because we have the game with Stoke on Tuesday.
“We definitely need to change our mentality and we need to keep a better run of games and to fight more. It was two easy goals [conceded], I would say.
“We left them space to cross early and then it’s difficult [to defend] for Clyney and Alberto because Carroll is 6ft5, so it’s easier for him. We need to step up and forget this as soon as possible.”
Attention will now turn to Tuesday’s trip to the Britannia Stadium for the opening match of a two-legged tussle with Stoke for a place in the Capital One Cup final.
Lovren sees the clash with the Potters as a chance to rectify the mistakes in east London. “We have a game in the cup against Stoke and it’s a big chance for us to get to the final,” he said.
“So we need to stay calm and say tomorrow is a new day and we’ll start to prepare for the Stoke game and try to be in the final.”