FOR THE TIME BEING, Liverpool FC has reached the lowest point of this season. The Reds conceded a 3-0 (0-0) defeat at Premier League neighbors Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday and slipped to eighth place. The Champions League places are thus moving into the future for the 2020 champions. Even Jürgen Klopp seemed at a loss after the latest setback.
It was a gesture that spoke volumes.
Jürgen Klopp folded his hands apologetically in front of his face in front of the accompanying Liverpool FC supporters, lowering his head before disappearing into the catacombs of Brighton’s AMEX Stadium just like his deeply disappointed charges.
“Bad. Really bad,” was the 55-year-old’s succinct assessment of his team’s performance on the “BBC microphone” after Saturday’s sobering 3-0 (0-0) defeat at table-toppers Brighton and Hove Albion.
“I can’t remember a worse game, not only with Liverpool. It was an organized team playing against a disorganized team. It’s an absolute low now,” Klopp continued unsparingly, adding that he was “massively frustrated.”
Instead of reducing the already considerable gap of seven points to the Champions League places, the Reds lost further ground and optimism.
LIVERPOOL CAPTAIN HENDERSON TAKES TEAMMATES TO TASK
“Everything went wrong from start to finish. Brighton were better than us in all areas,” admitted Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Indeed, the 2020 champions looked almost entirely bereft of ideas against Brighton in their forward play. Neither Premier League debutant Cody Gakpo, who was signed from PSV Eindhoven a few days ago, nor Mohamed Salah could make their mark on the game at any point.
On the other hand, the home side took a bold approach that gave them a clear advantage in the first half, and after the break, they punished Liverpool’s defensive mistakes without mercy.
At this point, the outstanding Solomon March should be mentioned, who scored immediately after the restart to take the lead and just six minutes later made it 2-0 after Joel Matip lost the ball in the build-up. The final point was provided by wild card Danny Welbeck, who really showed Joe Gomez with a lob.
“It’s a difficult moment, but we must pull ourselves together, stay together and try to turn things around quickly. We have to try to learn from this and show a reaction,” Henderson demanded of his teammates.
KLOPP SOUNDS ALARMED AFTER THE DEBACLE
In this regard, Klopp also took himself to task, acknowledging that improvements were “my responsibility:” “Changing that won’t be too hard.”
However, the former Borussia Dortmund coach and his coaching team only have a little time for adjustments. After all, Liverpool has to play again on Tuesday in the FA Cup replay at Wolverhampton Wanderers (20:45 in the live ticker).
Four days later, the Reds will face Chelsea FC at Anfield Road (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. in the live ticker). The Reds are almost doomed to win to keep their hopes for the top flight alive.
“No more Klopp team”: Liverpool’s situation comes to a head
Asked by reporters if he was worried by the current situation, Klopp replied, “Yes, how can you not be after a game like this? I can’t stand here and say that nothing happened. Of course, we have to be very worried about that.”
KLOPP AND CARRAGHER PUT THEIR FINGERS IN THE WOUND
Especially since the list of shortcomings at the 2020 champions is long.
“The problems are the same as last week: we are not winning the decisive duels on the pitch. This, combined with simple ball losses, is the worst thing that can happen to you in soccer. No formation solves that,” Klopp put his finger in the wound.
Reds icon Jamie Carragher, on the other hand, took a specific swipe at his ex-club’s defensive work. “Liverpool is as bad defensively as any team in the Premier League. Fortunately, they have the best goalkeeper (Alisson Becker; editor’s note), which is why they are not further down the table,” the 44-year-old ranted on Twitter.
Due to the injury-related absence of defender Virgil van Dijk (thigh injury), Klopp was forced to make changes in the run-up to the match – but these did not bear fruit at all. “It’s my responsibility because I had an idea with a different formation, and it didn’t work. So, sorry,” Klopp asked in conclusion, also verbally for forgiveness.