LIVERPOOL – Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp described Thursday’s 1-0 dwelling loss to Chelsea as a “massive blow” as his aspect set an unwanted membership record of 5 successive dwelling league losses.
A sixth Premier League defeat of their final 9 video games left the champions in seventh spot and dealing with the prospect of ending outdoors the highest 4 having waltzed to the title final season.
The extent of Liverpool’s frustration was there for all to see when prime scorer Mohamed Salah was substituted simply previous the hour — the Egyptian clearly baffled by the choice as he took his place on the bench shaking his head.
While accidents to key gamers have contributed to Liverpool’s demise, the dearth of depth of their play is mystifying and Klopp seemed deflated on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, we cannot say it is only at home,” Klopp mentioned. “It is not about Anfield or whatever, it is in general, too often. In the decisive moments we have to improve.
“We have to point out our high quality in these second and we do not do that usually sufficient. “It is a massive blow. It is not done yet. We have to win football games.”
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What was particularly galling for Klopp was that Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel masterminded a show virtually straight out of the Klopp textbook — excessive urgent, relentless work rate, quick ahead passing and braveness in each packing containers.
Chelsea additionally had the most effective participant on the pitch in Mason Mount whose first-half aim proved sufficient to ship his aspect fourth.
“The individual quality of Mason Mount in that moment made the difference,” Klopp mentioned. “It was a tight game, intense game. Both teams invested a lot. You have to defend differently and we didn’t do well there.”
Klopp: “We won’t blame the circumstances, we had a good team on the pitch today. Only one person or group to criticse and that is me and us. That is what I told the boys.”
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Liverpool did match Chelsea within the second half however they by no means actually seemed like equalising and the very fact they solely had one try heading in the right direction mentioned all of it.
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson mentioned the workforce’s common spirit was missing.
“Five home games without a win, that is nowhere near good enough,” he mentioned. “Nothing is going to help the fans at home and it is simply not good enough because games are running.
“Too many heads are taking place once we go 1-0 down, we won’t try this. Football is about taking knocks. We cannot depend on the previous. Last season is over with, it’s performed.
“We have nowhere near been good enough to what a Liverpool team should be.”